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Boise Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

BOISE – Ronald Lallatin, 60, of Boise, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court to possession of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced.


According to the plea agreement, in June of 2016, agents with the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on Lallatin’s residence in Boise, Idaho, based upon evidence that a computer at the residence had accessed and downloaded a video containing child pornography. Lallatin was present at the residence, and admitted to agents that they would find “child porn” on his computer, as he had viewed images of child pornography for at least the past five years. A laptop computer and nine electronic storage devices belonging to Lallatin were seized. When agents examined the devices, they discovered 6,484 still images and 937 videos containing child pornography, including images of prepubescent minors, images showing sadistic and masochistic conduct with minors, and images of the sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler.


Sentencing is set for May 22, 2017, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill. Possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a term of supervised release of not less than five years and up to life, and a $5,000 special assessment. As part of his plea, Lallatin also agreed to forfeit the computer and electronic storage devices used in the commission of the charged offense.


The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, and 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, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

Updated March 2, 2017

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