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Idaho Falls Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2012

POCATELLO – Micah Monroe Argyle, 28, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Pocatello to 42 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possessing sexually exploitative images of a minor, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Argyle to forfeit the laptop computers and hard drives used in the offense. He pled guilty to the charge on April 26, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, Argyle admitted that between February 23 and March 1, 2011, he intentionally searched the Internet and downloaded sexually explicit images and videos of children. Argyle admitted that he owned the computers and drives seized by investigators from his residence. Forensic evaluation determined the computer equipment owned by Argyle contained over 600 images of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

“With every downloaded file and every viewing of an illicit photograph, consumers of child pornography re-victimize these children,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge Brad Bench. “They are just as complicit in furthering the trade of child pornography as those who produce it and we will continue to seek out these perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, and Bonneville County Sheriff's Office.

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”