Two eastern Idaho men are pleading guilty to transportation of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Bart Davis.
Buster Locklear, 39, of Blackfoot, and Christopher Holtry, 41, of Pocatello, pleaded in separate cases on Monday.
Locklear's plea agreement states that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 16 reports of child pornography being uploaded to software used to search the internet and websites associated with two of Locklear's email accounts between February and August of last year.
When federal agents reviewed accounts owned by Locklear, they say they found 239 files containing child pornography, including 13 videos and 226 images.
Federal agents also seized electronic devices from Locklear's residence, allegedly finding more child pornography files. In total, agents say they found 16,311 images and 306 videos of child pornography. More than 1,600 of those images and 24 of the videos were identified as belonging to 166 known series of child pornography images, wherein the victims have already been identified by law enforcement.
According to Holtry's plea agreement, an investigative lead from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre was received by Homeland Security Investigations regarding users of a chatroom called "Tabou5". In the chatroom, a user shared child pornography and asserted that the child in the image was his own daughter. Investigators tracked the IP address to Holtry at his Pocatello residence. Law enforcement said after a search warrant, they found 134 images and 20 videos of child pornography. Holtry's plea agreement suggests he admitted to uploading and receiving approximately 1,000 images of child pornography.
A charge of transportation of child pornography is punishable by 5 to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a term of supervised release of five years to live.
Both men are scheduled to be sentenced in August of 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case against Locklear was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Blackfoot Police Department, the Bingham County Sheriff's Office and the Idaho Department of Correction. The case against Holtry was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Pocatello Police Department and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.