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Woman Says She was Drawn in by Boyfriend

April 3, 2009

REBECCA STUBBLEFIELD, 22, formerly of Issaquah, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to four years in prison and fifteen years of supervised release for possession of child pornography. STUBBLEFIELD was arrested following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation of people trading child pornography using the “Google Hello” program. Prosecutors asked that STUBBLEFIELD be immediately taken into custody, but U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour decided he would allow STUBBLEFIELD, who now resides in Springfield, Oregon, to report to prison at the direction of the Bureau of Prisons.

According to records filed in the case, investigators first linked STUBBLEFIELD’s boyfriend to the trading of child pornography after a court authorized search warrant was served on a man residing in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Logs of “chats” on the Canadian’s computer led officers to STUBBLEFIELD’s boyfriend. On August 2, 2007, ICE investigators served a search warrant at STUBBLEFIELD’s Issaquah home, and arrested her boyfriend. That evening, at the Federal Detention Center, the boyfriend killed himself. Forensic review of computers taken in the search revealed that STUBBLEFIELD had stored child pornography in her personal computer folders and had also engaged in “chats” and the trading of child pornography. STUBBLEFIELD pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on November 4, 2008.

At sentencing prosecutors asked for a seven year prison sentenced noting that STUBBLEFIELD ultimately admitted participating in the molestation of a three-year-old child. Prosecutors dispute STUBBLEFIELD’s representation that she was simply acting to please her boyfriend by pointing to the chat logs of her on line activity. “Those chats do not depict a reluctant young woman, participating half-heartedly in this conduct just to please her boyfriend. They instead depict a person fully engaged in, and thoroughly enjoying, the sexual exploitation of very young children,” Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi wrote in his sentencing memo.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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