Felipe Jesus Parra-Flores Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 21, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, FELIPE JESUS PARRA-FLORES, a 46-year-old resident of Nampa, Idaho and Medicine Lake, was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 60 months
Special Assessment: $100
Forfeiture: computers and hard drives
Supervised Release: 15 years
PARRA-FLORES was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In May 2012, as part of a Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) investigation, agents downloaded known child pornography files from an IP address they determined was in Medicine Lake. The agents determined the same computer was also accessing the Internet from an address in Nampa, Idaho (as well as Montana) from February 2012 through August 2012. Agents determined the common denominator between the two residences connected to those IP addresses was PARRA-FLORES.
A search warrant for the IP subscriber's Medicine Lake residence and PARRA-FLORES pickup truck was obtained. The IP subscriber was PARRA-FLORES' employer.
On September 9, 2012, agents executed the warrant. No one was at the residence. That afternoon, agents located PARRA-FLORES driving a semi-truck and trailer. PARRA-FLORES consented to the search of his truck. A laptop and external hard drives were located. PARRA-FLORES admitted they were his and signed a consent to search the items. PARRA-FLORES admitted there would be files depicting child pornography on his laptop, and that it was his child pornography.
The forensic examiner located over 1,000 files which depicted images and videos of child pornography on PARRA-FLORES' laptop and hard drives. A file sharing program (LimeZilla) was installed, and the examiner determined that some of the files depicting child pornography had been downloaded via the file sharing program. The file creation date range was August 2, 2012, through September 6, 2012.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that he will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, Montana Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Customs and Border Patrol Air Interdiction.