Findlay sentenced to 20 years for traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, production of child pornography

United States Attorney Bob Murray announced in a press release today that Garrett Thomas Findlay, 24, of Lander, was sentenced on one count of traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and four counts of production of child pornography on February 17, 2022, before Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson.

Findlay received 20 years imprisonment for each count to be served concurrently; fifteen years of supervised release; $33,000 in restitution and a $500 special assessment. The government requested a prison sentence of 25 years.

Findlay came to the attention of law enforcement when Kik, a social media website, reported that he was sharing child pornography on its platform. This led members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force to execute search warrants on his home and his devices. Forensic analysis of his devices revealed that Findlay had been enticing minor girls from around the country to produce child pornography and send it to him and that he had also traveled to meet or have sexual encounters with some of his victims.

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The investigation was conducted by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Port Charlotte, Florida; Colorado Springs Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children unit (ICAC) Colorado Springs, Colorado; Hawaii Department of Attorney General ICAC Task Force, Kentucky State Police, Electronic Crimes Branch; Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County, Florida; Louisiana Bureau of Investigation-Cyber Crime Unit; Maui Police Department, Maui Hawaii; Montana Department of Justice ICAC unit; Oregon Department of Justice; United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Washington State ICAC Task Force; and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation ICAC team. Assistant United States Attorney Christyne M. Martens prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc

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