Dustin Roy Gilpin Sentenced In U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 11, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, DUSTIN ROY GILPIN, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, was sentenced to a term of:
Probation: 5 years
Special Assessment: $100
GILPIN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of obscenity.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
As part of an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation, a Madison County Deputy Sheriff determined an IP address in Kalispell was offering known child pornography files available for download via the Internet. The subscriber information for that IP address was GILPIN'S residence. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for that residence.
On July 3, 2012, the warrant was served, and two generic desktop computers were seized and subsequently forensically examined.
On the first computer the examiner located image files which depict obscene matters of indecent character, specifically children engaged in sexual conduct. The examiner determined that some of the files were associated with the peer-to-peer file sharing program LimeWire. The examiner also determined the files were created between May 2012 and July 2012.
On the second computer the examiner located image files which depict obscene matters of indecent character, specifically children engaged in sexual conduct. The examiner determined these files were also associated with the peer-to-peer file sharing program LimeWire. The files were created between September 29, 2011, and March 13, 2012.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), 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, PSC 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 PSC, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab "resources."