Plummer Man Sent to Prison on Federal Child Pornography Charge
COEUR D'ALENE – Scott Allen Reed, 67, of Plummer, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 70 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Reed pleaded guilty to that charge on June 28, 2017.
According to the plea agreement, personnel working for the Nez Perce tribe found two bins of computer drives and computer storage media abandoned outside a building. While reviewing the items to identify the owner, the personnel saw child pornography. The items were turned over to the FBI.
A forensic examiner reviewed the items. The examiner found 260 images and 6 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct as well as hundreds of child erotica images. The examiner also determined that Reed was the owner of the items. The FBI later interviewed Reed, who admitted downloading images of “young girls.”
The child pornography images were sent to National Center for Mission and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC determined that the images included identified minors from California, Belgium and Ukraine.
Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ordered Reed to forfeit the computers, hard drives and CD’s found in the bins. He also ordered Reed to register as a sex offender following his prison sentence. Judge Lodge ordered Reed to pay $5,000 to a human trafficking fund.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a member of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This task force is a coalition of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who investigate and prosecute individuals who use the internet to criminally exploit children.
The case was brought as a 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.”