Indiana Man Sentenced to 20 Years in
Prison for Downloading Child Porn
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – GLEN TAYLOR HERGET, 43, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced today to 20 years’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Stephen P. Friot, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to court records, Herget traveled to Oklahoma City in September of 2010 to set up tents. On September 29, 2010, while staying at a local hotel, Herget used the hotel’s wireless service to access the Internet. Another hotel guest logged on to the hotel’s Internet and noticed files being shared by someone with the name “Glen.” The files had file names that were suggestive of child pornography, so the hotel guest called the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers responded, knocked on Herget’s hotel room door and observed him though a window moving in and out of the restroom. Herget then allowed officers access, whereupon they located a laptop computer submerged in water in the bathtub. After retrieving the laptop and obtaining a search warrant, forensic analysis of the laptop’s hard drive revealed evidence of downloading and sharing child pornography videos via peer-to-peer file sharing software.
Herget was indicted on March 1, 2011, and pled guilty on July 12, 2011. Already a registered sex offender, Herget faced a heightened sentence because he had a prior Indiana state conviction for sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. At sentencing, the Judge took into consideration instant message chat logs that were found on Herget’s computer, which indicated an interest in the sexual abuse of children. Upon his release from prison, Herget will be subject to supervised release for the rest of his life.
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, the flagship program in the Department of Justice’s National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, and was the result of an investigation conducted by the Oklahoma City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Hale.