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Friday, August 19, 2016

Male and Female Child Pornography Production Team Sentenced to a Total of 100 Years in Federal Prison

DENVER – Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers announce that U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez sentenced Matthew Scott Holt, age 35, to serve 660 months (55 years) and sentenced his co-defendant Jordain Larsen, age 27, to 540 months (45 years).  Both defendants were ordered to serve a term of supervised release for the remainder of their lives once released. Each defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography involving three minor victims.

Holt and Larsen were first charged in May of 2015.  Larsen pled guilty to three counts of the production of child pornography on January 8, 2016.  She was sentenced on April 20, 2016.  Holt pled guilty to three counts of the production of child pornography on February 23, 2016, and was sentenced August 17, 2016.

According to court documents, Westminster Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence in Westminster, Colorado after an undercover officer with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office had downloaded an image of child pornography from the residence that showed a woman sexually abusing a very young child.  In the days following, WPD found images and videos on Holt’s cell phone showing him sexual abusing a child under the age of two.  WPD contacted the FBI. A search of computers seized at the residence revealed that Holt and Larsen produced a total of approximately 600 child pornography images and videos of three children to whom they had access. Two of the children were under the age of two and the third was under the age of nine.  The images and videos show either Larsen or Holt molesting the children, or they display the children in a sexually explicit way.  Eight of the videos were created when Larsen sexually abused one of the children via the online video platform Skype while video conferencing with Holt.  Holt watched and recorded the sessions on his cell phone.  Larsen and Holt created other sexually explicit images of the children and sent them to each other.  They produced others when engaging in sexual activity with the children while together. Holt also sexually exploited one of the children while on Skype with another unidentified person.  On one of Holt’s computer,       FBI found approximately 20,000 images of child pornography and four different peer-to-peer trading software programs.  FBI also found on Holt’s computer a peer-to-peer profile seeking a “pedo mom” with children between the ages of 2-10 who was willing to Skype.

The Holt and Larsen case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Westminster Police Department, and the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  

The defendants were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Smith, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 19, 2016