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

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

David Russell Hargrove Sentenced In U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 7, 2013, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, DAVID RUSSELL HARGROVE, a 33-year-old resident of Livingston, was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 72 months

Special Assessment: $100

Forfeiture: computer

Supervised Release: 30 years

HARGROVE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Between approximately 2010 and December 2011, in Livingston, HARGROVE possessed computer files containing images of child pornography.

After executing a search warrant at HARGROVE's residence, law enforcement analyzed his computer and located and identified child pornography images and videos. HARGROVE admitted to using the peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire and searching for terms such as "father/daughter." He admitted to knowing some images were child pornography. The images involved prepubescent minors engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct. During the analysis of HARGROVE's computer, law enforcement also located child pornography in a separate folder on the desktop.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HARGROVE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HARGROVE does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Updated January 14, 2015