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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 15, 2018

Boise Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

BOISE – Ryan Andrew Chambers, 37, of Boise, was sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court to 240 months in prison followed by 10 years supervised release for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Chambers pleaded guilty on March 22, 2018.

According to court records, in November 2017, Chambers began an online conversation on a social network application with an FBI agent working in an undercover capacity.  During the conversation, Chambers sent the agent two images containing child pornography, and requested the agent send him live explicit videos of children.  FBI agents discovered that the IP address used to communicate with the FBI agent was assigned to Chambers’ residence in Boise, Idaho, and that Chambers was on federal supervision for a 2009 conviction for possession of child pornography.  After FBI agents provided the information to the United States Probation Office, a federal probation officer visited Chambers’ residence and seized numerous electronic devices.  Agents also discovered that Chambers had recently used a social media application to request sexually explicit pictures of a local women and her child.

This case was investigated by the FBI and United States Probation Office, 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc.

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

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CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated June 15, 2018