Meridian man gets 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography
Donn Michael Casper, 39, of Meridian, Idaho, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Edward J. Lodge this morning to 180 months in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Judge Lodge also ordered Casper to pay a $1,500 fine and attend sex offender treatment.
Casper pled guilty in November 2011 to four counts of sexual exploitation of children/production of sexually explicit images of minors. At his plea hearing, Casper admitted using cameras hidden in his home to surreptitiously produce sexually explicit videos of four underage males between August 2008 and June 2011. The minors did not know they were being recorded.
According to court documents, the investigation began when Canadian police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service began a joint investigation into the worldwide commercial distribution of child pornography via U.S. Mail and the Internet. During the investigation, Canadian investigators uncovered information that a suspect in Toronto was receiving child pornography from a computer traced to Casper's home in Meridian.
Casper was ordered to forfeit six computers, a DVD player, seven hard drives, cellular telephones, digital cameras, a video camera, monitors, and all electronic media used in the offense.
“This case is an excellent example of how proactive efforts by law enforcement to investigate those who are suspected of trafficking in child pornography can lead to actual hands-on offenders who are molesting children,” said Olson.