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Former Declo Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Sexually Explicit Images of Minors
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – David Jay Wheeler, 70, of Homedale, Idaho, formerly of Declo, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boise to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, members of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received information that between at least September 2011 and April 4, 2012, Wheeler had regularly used peer-to-peer file sharing software on his computer to access child pornography. A search warrant was executed at his home in Declo, which resulted in the seizure of a computer and computer storage media that contained sexually explicit images and videos of minors as young as four years of age. Court records state that Wheeler was sitting at a desktop computer and was in the process of downloading child pornography videos at the time the investigators executed the search warrant.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed the child pornography seized from Wheeler and reported that the material had been produced depicting child sexual abuse victims from Idaho, Washington, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada, Hawaii, California, Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey, the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Austria, and Brazil.
The charge of possessing sexually explicit images of minors carries a maximum punishment of up to ten years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and a minimum term of five years up to lifetime supervised release. 2
Wheeler is set for sentencing on April 9, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.