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Athol Man Sentenced to 36 Months for Obscenity Crime

July 17, 2012

COEUR D'ALENE – Samuel Ted Ussery, 50, of Athol, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 36 months in prison for transportation of an obscene matter, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Ussery to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term. He pleaded guilty to the charge on January 3, 2012.

According to court documents, in July 2010, an officer with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) developed information that a computer at a residence in Athol, Idaho, possessed naked images of children bound by ropes. ICAC officers prepared and executed a federal search warrant at the residence in September 2010. Although Ussery had deleted his computer hard drive prior to the officers' entry, a United States Secret Service forensic examiner recovered evidence that such images had been on Ussery’s computer.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Idaho. For more information about the ICAC Task Force, visit

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit; for more information about internet safety education, click on the tab “resources.”