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January 14, 2005

DONALD LYNN HIEBERT, 46, of Bonnie Lake, Washington was sentenced today to more than ten years in prison and three years of supervised release for producing and possessing child pornography. In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Franklin D. Burgess ordered HIEBERT to have extensive sex offender treatment.

In November 2003, a search of HIEBERT's home, laptop and car revealed well over one-thousand images of children in sexually explicit poses, some of which he had produced himself. Investigators were first alerted to HIEBERT's activities when internet service provider Yahoo made fifteen reports of suspicious activity to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Cyber TipLine (NCMEC). Federal law requires Yahoo and other internet service providers to report any users who are posting or transmitting images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The reports were forwarded to the Internet Crimes Against Children Federal Working Group (ICAC) for investigation. The investigation revealed HIEBERT was using internet chat rooms to trade his sexually explicit pictures of children for other similar images. On March 25, 2004, HIEBERT pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography.

In 1984, HIEBERT was convicted of three counts of indecent liberties in Cowlitz County, Washington. HIEBERT pleaded guilty to molesting three boys, ages 8, 10, and 11, while serving as the director of a church youth group. As part of HIEBERT's supervised release after his ten year prison term, Judge Burgess ordered him to have no contact with children under the age of 18 without permission from his federal probation officer.

The case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Federal Working Group which contains investigators from federal agencies and local police departments including the Seattle Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Reagan Dunn. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer, United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206)553-4110.

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