HELENA -- A 40-year-old Helena man already accused of raping his friend's 11-year-old daughter now faces federal child pornography charges.
Roger Allen Roybal was arraigned in federal court in Missoula last week on one charge of receipt of child pornography and is detained.
According to an affidavit by Special Agent Aaron Reller, in December 2010, law enforcement received a report that Roybal had sexually abused the young Missoula girl, and she reported that he had shown her child pornography on his computer at his Helena residence.
Agents seized various computer equipment at his home and examined the equipment.
They "revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that Roybal had received via the Internet from 2008 and continuing until the equipment was seized in December 2010," Reller wrote in the affidavit. He added that the children were clearly prepubescent and were engaged in abuse and depictions of violence.
"Roybal had in excess of 1,600 images and videos of child pornography on his computer," Reller added.
The outcome of the rape allegation wasn't clear from federal court documents. However, when Roybal initially was arrested, the Missoulian reported that the allegations surfaced after the girl's grandmother in Missoula County told police that she'd discovered that pornography was being emailed to the girl.
The child told authorities that the man molested her from August to December at her mother's home, at a Missoula hotel and on hikes. She also said that Roybal gave her alcohol and had her watch pornography with him and that he gave her a briefcase of pornographic magazines and a video.
If convicted on the federal child pornography charge, Roybal faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and could be sentenced to up to 20 years and fined up to $250,000.