Following a plea agreement, a federal judge this week sentenced a Billings man who admitted persuading a 15-year-old girl in Madison County to send him sexually graphic photographs of herself to 10 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen, however, used his discretion and imposed a lifetime of supervised release on Joshua Allen Morgan, 28, on Thursday, saying Morgan had “a profound predatory nature” and, with an extensive criminal history, had shown a lack of respect for the law.

In addition to requiring Morgan to register as a sex offender and other conditions, Christensen imposed numerous computer-use restrictions on Morgan, summing them up as “no monkey business on the computer.”

“I know what I did was wrong. I don’t want my kids to follow my footsteps,” Morgan said.

Morgan admitted that he had met the teenager using Facebook and Skype on his computer and eventually got her to send sexually explicit pictures of herself to him

Morgan pleaded guilty to receipt of child porn in a plea agreement that called for a 10-year sentence and a waiver of his right to appeal. The 10-year term was a considerable break from a guideline range of about 19 to 24 years in prison.

Morgan originally was indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and faced a mandatory 15 to 30 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

At the time of the crime, Morgan was 27 and knew the girl was 15, which makes the images child porn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd said.

The investigation began when the girl’s father contacted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and reported that his daughter, at Morgan’s request, had been sending him sexually explicit pictures of herself via Facebook, Hurd said.

At the time of the crime, Morgan was on federal supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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