A Billings man admitted this week to receiving and possessing thousands of child pornography videos and images.

John Todd Scott, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to receipt of child porn during his first appearance in the case Wednesday. Scott admitted to charges filed in an information. There was no plea agreement.

Prosecutor Marcia Hurd said in court records that an undercover agent downloaded a number of child porn images through a file-sharing program in 2011 to 2012. The investigation led to a search warrant being served on Scott’s residence last Sept. 6.

Scott described how he searched for child porn and used file-sharing programs to receive thousands of images and videos, Hurd said. A search of Scott’s computer equipment found they contained thousands of such images, including images of prepubescent children and children engaged in sadistic, violent or masochistic abuse. Such images lead to sentencing enhancements.

Scott faces a mandatory minimum five to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He also faces the forfeiture of computer equipment used in the crime.

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for July 10 and continued Scott’s release.

 

 

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Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.