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District of Idaho

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Idaho Falls Man Sentenced to 132 Months for Receiving Child Pornography

POCATELLO  Clay Ross, 55, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to 132 months in federal prison for receiving sexually explicit images of minors, followed by 10 years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced.  Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Ross to pay a $5,100 special assessment.  Ross pleaded guilty to the crime on May 24, 2017.


According to the plea agreement, law enforcement agents downloaded over 100 sexually exploitative images and videos of minors from an individual later identified as Ross.  A subsequent search of Ross’s home and electronic devices revealed he possessed approximately 688 images and 47 videos of child pornography. 


The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”


Project Safe Childhood
BARBARA LAYMAN Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated September 20, 2017