Benjamin Burnett – Plead Guilty to Child Porn

Federal prosecutors say Benjamin Burnett, 31, of Grand View, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to possession of sexually explicit images of minors.

The investigation began when agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce developed suspicion that activity involving sexually explicit images of minors had taken place using a Yahoo! e-mail account assigned to Burnett.

Burnett’s personal information and credit card had been used to make payments for memberships to commercial Web sites known to be selling child pornography.

Burnett’s home was searched on Oct. 28, 2008, and authorities recovered computer media containing sexually explicit images and videos depicting prepubescent minors in various sexual acts.

Investigators were able to identify 15 minor victims of abuse depicted in 69 of the images. The photos were produced in France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Sweden, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, and Washington state.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 6, 2009, in Boise.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with no possibility of parole, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release for at least five years, up to life.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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