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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE
Aug. 14, 2013

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Laredo Resident Sentenced in Child Pornography case

LAREDO, Texas – Robert Allen Montgomery, 46, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of receiving and possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Montgomery was convicted on both counts as charged after a bench trial on April 19, 2013.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen handed Montgomery a sentence of 96 months in federal prison. Additional information was presented, including statements from the mother of one of the identified victims. In handing down the sentence, Judge Kazen took into consideration the number of images, the youth of the victims depicted in the images and the type of abuses depicted in the images found on Montgomery’s Blackberry. Judge Kazen further noted Montgomery needed drug treatment and mental health help while incarcerated and after being released from federal custody. Montgomery was further ordered serve 15 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time was ordered not to work with, live near or have any direct contact with any minor without prior approval by the U.S. Probation Office. He was also ordered not to access the Internet or any sexually explicit materials involving minors. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

On May 3, 2012, the Laredo Police Department (LPD) conducted a traffic stop on Montgomery, at which time officers discovered a small amount of cocaine and arrested him for possession of controlled substance. When the officers searched Montgomery’s phone after his arrest, they found images of child pornography. A total of approximately 180 images of child pornography were eventually found on the phone.

Montgomery will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and LPD and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonah Lee.