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Dylan Lester Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison and 10 Years of Supervised Release for Possession of Child Pornography

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January 7, 2013

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Dylan Lester, 26, of Saxtons River, Vermont, was sentenced to 65 months in prison, having pled guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Christina C. Reiss, sitting in Rutland, also sentenced Lester to 10 years of supervised release.

Court records indicate that Lester distributed child pornography images using internet file sharing software, which led agents of the Department of Homeland Security to obtain a search warrant for his home. In early 2012, federal agents executed search warrant and found Lester in possession of more than 15,000 child pornography files. This collection led to his conviction. Courts records also show that federal agents searched Lester's home on a previous occasion, and seized child pornography from him.

For his crime, Lester faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. In sentencing Lester, Judge Reiss noted the size of Lester's child pornography collection, which she described as one of the largest ever seized in the District of Vermont. Judge Reiss also cited the nature of the images, some of which she described as depicting torture of young children, and the harm Lester's offense caused the child victims in the images.

The investigation was led by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and assisted by the South Burlington, Vermont Police Department and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The prosecution of Lester was part of Operation Green Wave, a collaborative effort amongst state and federal law enforcement agencies, targeting child pornography offenders who use file sharing software.

Assistant United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan prosecuted the case. Lester is represented by Jordana Levine, Esq., of White River Junction, Vermont.

This prosecution was part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit 
www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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