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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Moscow Man Sent to Prison on Federal Child Pornography Charge

COEUR D’ALENE – Jacob Anthony Lincoln, 28, of Moscow, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 63 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for obscene visual representations, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Lincoln pleaded guilty on March 19, 2018.

According court records, in 2016, law enforcement officers observed that a computer in the Moscow area was making child pornography available on the internet.  This information, and other evidence, resulted in a state search warrant for Lincoln’s Moscow residence.  During the subsequent search, officers seized a computer from Lincoln’s bedroom.  When examined, the computer had 2,590 files depicting child pornography, including images of children being sexually abused.

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye, also ordered Lincoln to forfeit the hard drive he used during the commission of the crime and to pay $2,000 to a child whose image Lincoln possessed.  Lincoln will be required to register as a sex offender because of his conviction.

This case was investigated by the Moscow Police Department, Latah County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  These agencies are members of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a coalition of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who investigate and prosecute individuals who use the internet to criminally exploit children.

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.  As part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office partner to marshal 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 October 17, 2018