Twin Falls man sentenced to 63 months in prison for child pornography

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BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A 73-year-old Twin Falls man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 5 years in prison for possession child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said Richard Roy Sexton was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. Sexton pleaded guilty to charges on Oct. 11, 2016.

According to a plea agreement, agents with the United States Postal Inspectors Service and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted Sexton in August 2015 at his Twin Falls residence. Sexton admitted to downloading images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from the Internet, and gave permission for agents to seize and search his computer and an external hard drive, according to a news release.

Two months later, Sexton visited a Verizon Wireless store in Twin Falls seeking assistance with an electronic tablet. An employee of the store observed child pornography on the tablet, and contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMEC provided the information to the USPIS and ICAC investigators, who again contacted Sexton, and obtained permission to seize the tablet. Agents later obtained a search warrant to search the tablet.

In his plea agreement, Sexton admitted to possessing at least 360 images and 40 videos containing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his computer, external hard drive, and tablet. The electronic devices also contained evidence that Sexton was searching for and accessing images of child pornography via the Internet. NCMEC subsequently identified 332 images containing known, identifiable victims from 34 known series of child pornography, according to a news release.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Sexton to forfeit the computer, external hard drive and tablet used in the commission of the charged offense. As a result of his conviction, Sexton is required to register as a sex offender.

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