A concessionaire employee at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has been convicted of possession of child pornography.
James H. Durant, 57, who also worked for a concessionaire in Grand Canyon National Park, was tried and convicted on federal charges of possession of child pornography, according to a Yellowstone National Park news release.
On March 15, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl sentenced Durant to 10 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
In 2010, the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice began investigating Durant, the news release said. The subsequent joint investigation by Montana authorities, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service led to Durant’s arrest at Old Faithful in October.
A forensic analysis of Durant’s computers revealed he was in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography that included images of children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.