Dayton Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Receipt Of Child Pornography
RENO, Nev. – A Dayton, Nevada, man was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison for receiving approximately 850 photos and videos of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.
Monte Chaix, 48, pleaded guilty on February 20, to one count of receipt of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben sentenced him to lifetime supervised release. Chaix is also required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
According to information contained in the plea agreement and other court documents, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a tip from Twitter about a user posting possible child pornography. Task Force Officers from the Northern Nevada Online Child Exploitation Task Force identified the user as Chaix and executed a search warrant at his residence. A forensic examination of the seized electronic devices revealed approximately 700 images and 150 videos of children being sexually abused by adults and engaged in explicit sexual conduct. During a consensual interview, Chaix admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography from the internet.
The case was investigated by the Northern Nevada Online Child Exploitation Task Force which is comprised of members of the FBI, the Reno Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami prosecuted the case.
If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, make a report to NCMEC’s CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.org.
The 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.