Hamilton man sentenced to 12 years in prison for distributing meth to a minor and receiving child pornography
MISSOULA — A Hamilton man who admitted to supplying methamphetamine to a minor girl and to receiving sexually explicit images of her after making repeated requests for such photos or videos was sentenced today to 12 years in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Robert Brandon Callison, 32, pleaded guilty in March to distribution of meth to a person under the age of 21 and to receipt of child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.
In court documents, the government alleged that in the summer of 2019, Callison met the victim, identified as Jane Doe, who was under the age of 18. Doe told Callison that she was a minor. Callison provided Doe with meth and repeatedly requested she take nude photographs and videos of herself and send them to his phone. Doe ultimately complied and sent Callison sexually explicit images of herself using her cellular phone.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno B. Baucus prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.
This case was initiated under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, which was launched in 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. Through a network of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and advocacy organizations, Project Safe Childhood attempts to protect children by investigating and prosecuting offenders involved in child sexual exploitation. It is implemented through partnerships including the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children.