HELENA -- A former Boulder resident and decorated Marine who was on the run for five months after being caught with child pornography more than a year ago was sentenced on Tuesday to 135 months in prison.

Glenn Scott, 55, had served in Vietnam and attributed some of his recent legal difficulties to post-traumatic stress disorder. While U.S. District Court Senior Judge Charles Lovell acknowledged Scott's service to his community, the judge also noted that more than 600 images of girls younger than 12 engaged in sexual acts were found on Scott's computer equipment.

The judge also noted that Scott only acknowledged his guilt after a jury had been seated for a trial. Scott pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and destruction of property to prevent seizure; in exchange, a charge of receipt of child pornography was dropped.

"The procedure here was quite unusual, and I was reluctant to accept the plea," Lovell noted. "It was a close call, and I was ready to go forward and the jury was ready to hear the case."

Scott was an electrician who worked on drilling rigs most of his adult life and had minimal contact with law enforcement until May 12, 2009, when a former employee reported to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office that Scott had images on his computer of nude girls that looked like they were between 5 and 9 years old.

According to court documents, Scott was going to let the former employee's daughter use one of Scott's computers, which he stored in a shed, while he was out of town on business.

But, when the employee started setting up the machine, he observed the images and contacted deputies after Scott returned to Boulder from a business trip to China.

Scott initially claimed that his former employee was attempting to blackmail him. However, a forensic examination of the computer equipment revealed many pornographic images on Scott's laptop computer, a separate removable hard drive, two thumb drives and many CDs and other media.

The original computer that the employee said contained the images also was found, but the hard drive and CD drive were missing.

In June 2009, another of Scott's employees reported that, before the search warrant was served, Scott took the hard drive from the computer and smashed it, then told the employee to get rid of it. Instead, the employee hid the smashed equipment before turning it over to officials.

Scott was indicted by a grand jury on Nov. 23, 2009, but was released from custody after pleading not guilty. One of the conditions was that he be subject to electronic monitoring.

But, after delaying his trial twice while he went through two attorneys, Scott sold his home, cut off the monitor and, on June 10, 2010, fled.

Scott was arrested five months later in Mississippi while living in a campground under the stolen identity of "James McDonald."

He was supposed to be sentenced in September, but avoided that by firing his third attorney and insisting that his psycho-sexual evaluation be presented to the court. However, his newest attorney, Jason Holden, convinced Scott that wasn't in his best interest.

In court on Tuesday, Scott apologized for the delays. He noted that he's always been gainfully employed and that, after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in the Florida National Guard, and was a volunteer firefighter and a CPR instructor.

"It was a great honor to me to have served my country, especially as a U.S. Marine," Scott said.

He had faced up to 10 years on the possession charge and five years on the property-destruction charge, as well as a fine ranging from $17,500 to $175,000.

Lovell sentenced him to 10 years on the possession charge and 15 months on the destruction of property charge and ordered the sentences to run consecutively. He found that Scott had no ability to pay a fine, so Lovell waived that.

Once Scott is released from prison, he will be under the supervision of a probation officer for 15 years.

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