02-08-12 Caldwell Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Sexually
Explicit Images of Minors
The following release was issued by the US Attorney's Office,
District of Idaho
Caldwell Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Sexually Explicit
Images of Minors
BOISE - Michael Joseph Ireland, 25, of
Caldwell, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in
Boise to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S.
Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, members
of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received
information that Ireland had used peer-to-peer file sharing
software on his computer to access child pornography on three
occasions in May 2011. A search warrant was executed at his home
and resulted in the seizure of computers and computer storage media
that contained more than 600 sexually explicit images and videos of
minors, including prepubescent minors.
The charge carries a maximum punishment
of up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and a minimum
of five years to lifetime supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 1, 2012,
before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal
courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by officers
from the Boise Police Department affiliated with the ICAC Task
Force, and assisted by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)