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Date: 08-19-2020

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United States of America v. David Paul Farrar

Case Number: 9:20-cr-00005-DLC

Judge: Kathleen L. DeSoto

Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Missoula County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Missoula, MT - The United States of America charged David Paul Farrar, age 58, with sexual exploitation of a child and transportation of child pornography.

In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution said 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 reported her findings to law enforcement.

An agent with Homeland Security Investigations obtained a search warrant for Farrar's residence and seized multiple computers and electronic storage devices. An analysis of the items seized determined they contained video files of the victim and were created sometime in 2013 or 2014. The videos were created using a cell phone or digital camera and contained lewd and lascivious images of the victim. 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.

Agents also found a video of two other minor girls that contain lewd and lascivious images. The investigation determined that Farrar electronically transferred that video to a file on one of his computers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by HSI.

This case was initiated under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, which was launched in 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. Through a network of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and advocacy organizations, Project Safe Childhood attempts to protect children by investigating and prosecuting offenders involved in child sexual exploitation. It is implemented through partnerships including the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children.


Outcome: 08/04/2020 53 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto: Change of Plea Hearing as to David Paul Farrar held on 8/4/2020. AUSA Cyndee Peterson appeared for the govt, FD Andy Nelson appeared w/ in custody defendant; Defendant sworn in and consented to USMJ; Answered standard questions given by the court; Govt summarized plea agreement/offer of proof; Defendant entered plea of guilty to Count 1 & 12 w/ counts 2-11 & 13-17 to be dismissed if plea accepted; Sentencing set for 11/20/2020 at 10:30 a.m. w/ Judge Christensen; Defendant remanded to the custody of USM pending further proceedings Hearing commenced at 1:32 and concluded at 2:20, (Court Reporter JoAnn Corson) (USPO: B. Hogan (remote)), (Hearing held in Missoula) (KJL) (Entered: 08/04/2020)
08/04/2020 54 Order Setting as to David Paul Farrar: Sentencing set for 11/20/2020 at 10:30 AM in Missoula, MT before Judge Dana L. Christensen. Signed by Judge Dana L. Christensen on 8/4/2020. (ASG) (Entered: 08/04/2020)
08/04/2020 55 CONSENT TO proceed before a Magistrate Judge for a Guilty Plea as to David Paul Farrar (APP) (Entered: 08/04/2020)
08/04/2020 56 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS on Plea of Guilty as to David Paul Farrar. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto on 8/4/2020. (APP) (Entered: 08/04/2020)

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