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Plains man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Russell Smith Courthouse
Posted at 8:12 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 12:30:02-04

MISSOULA — A Western Montana man pleaded guilty in a Missoula federal courtroom on Tuesday to child pornography charges

U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme says 58-year-old David Paul Farrar of Plains pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and transportation of child pornography.

Farrar faces a minimum mandatory 15 years to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a minimum mandatory five years to life of supervised release on the sexual exploitation count.

He also faces and a minimum mandatory five years to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years to life of supervised release on the transportation of child pornography count.

Prosecutors state in court documents that while Farrar was away in Idaho in June 2019, he allowed a friend to stay at his home in Plains.

The friend viewed electronic storage cards found in Farrar's house and saw that they contained sexually explicit photographs of a female child.

The friend then reported her findings to law enforcement.

A search warrant was executed at Farrar's home and multiple computers and electronic storage devices were seized, according to prosecutors.

An analysis of the items seized determined they contained video files of the victim and were created sometime in 2013 or 2014.

Agents determined Farrar created the videos because the viewer can see his hand and hear his voice. Farrar also admitted to agents that he created the videos of the victim.

Law enforcement also found a video of two other minor girls that contain lewd and lascivious images.

Farrar is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20 in Missoula.