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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Payette Man Sentenced To 78 Months In Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

BOISE – Steven Ray Hemenway, 47, of Payette, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 78 months in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Hemenway to serve 20 years of supervised release, during which he will undergo treatment for sexual deviancy, adhere to conditions designed to protect the public and must register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to the charge on December 2, 2013.

According to court documents, in December 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Toronto, Ontario. The individual at that residence confessed to distributing images of child pornography via his email account. Investigators reviewed the account and developed information that the Canadian offender had sent images and videos of child pornography to an email account associated with Hemenway.

On February 26, 2013, federal agents, assisted by officers from the Payette Police Department, performed a “knock-and-talk” at Hemenway’s home in Payette. During an interview, Hemenway admitted that he had been receiving child pornography via the Internet for several years. He also told agents that he had sent between 100 and 500 images of child pornography to approximately ten other email accounts during the previous year. Hemenway consented to a search of his laptop computer and investigators found child pornography and child erotica.

The images and videos recovered from Hemenway’s computer confirmed that the user had been receiving and distributing child pornography, including sexually explicit material depicting prepubescent minors. Investigators sent the material to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for analysis and comparison with previously identified victims of abuse. According to NCMEC, among the images found on Hemenway’s computer were known victims of sexual abuse from the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, as well as from Canada, United Kingdom, Ukraine, France, and Belgium.

The case was investigated by the Department of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), an affiliate of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), with the assistance of the Payette Police Department.

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.” For more information about the Idaho ICAC, see http://www.icacidaho.org/index.html.

Updated December 15, 2014