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Date: 05-09-2023

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United States of America v. Benjamin Morton

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00217

Judge: David C. Nye

Court: United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Ada County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Boise

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Description: Boise, Idaho criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

An investigation was begun of Benjamin Morton, age 39, of Nampa, Idaho, when the Boise Police Department (BPD) received information that an adult male, pretending to be a juvenile online, had arranged to meet the 14-year-old victim. BPD later identified Morton as the suspect and determined that he had sexually abused the victim on two occasions and used his cellphone to record some of the abuse. BPD obtained a search warrant for one of Morton’s social media accounts and located a video that Morton had produced of himself engaging the victim in sexual contact. Within the account, BPD also located evidence that Morton had attempted to communicate with other juveniles. Morton was previously convicted in Canyon County of battery with intent to commit lewd conduct with a minor.

Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also sentenced Morton to a lifetime of supervised release and entered an order forfeiting the cellphone he used to commit the offense. Morton will be required to register as a sex offender as a result of the conviction.

U.S. Attorney Hurwit commended the cooperative efforts of the Boise Police Department and the Nampa Police Department, which led to charges.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to serve 360 months, $5,100 special assessment, fine waived, supervised release for life

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