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Shoshone man sentenced to 130 years in prison for producing child porn

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A Shoshone, Idaho, man was sentenced to 130 years in federal prison Tuesday for producing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says 54-year-old William Roger Wilkinson sexually exploited an 8-year-old girl on three separate occasions to make child porn. Wilkinson was also charged with possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography with intent to view. A District Judge also ordered Wilkinson to forfeit his Shoshone home where the child porn was produced, and the electrical equipment used. Those proceeds will go toward restitution to the victims, which totals $155,766.36. Wilkinson was convicted by a jury in October 2015.

According to evidence presented at the trial, the investigation began in May 2013, after an 8-year-old girl said Wilkinson had taken sexually explicit pictures of her. Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies arrested Wilkinson in May 2013, and searched his home in Shoshone. During the investigation Wilkinson was released on bond, but a warrant was issued for his arrest after the investigation revealed child porn on a desktop computer taken from his house.

Wilkinson ran when deputies tried to arrest him again in November 2013. The U.S. Marshal's Service Fugitive Task Force in Salt Lake City, Utah arrested him a few days later. The FBI searched the truck Wilkinson used to get to Utah and found a laptop computer and other evidence.

When FBI experts searched the desktop and laptop computers, they found explicit photos of Wilkinson and the 8-year-old girl. The evidence showed the Wilkinson was involved in making child porn with the girl on three separate occasions. The evidence also showed that Wilkinson child porn websites on his computer.

"Appropriately, Mr. Wilkinson will spend the rest of his life in federal prison, where he can no longer directly harm his young victim or pose any further threat to children," said Olson. "This sentence sends the strong and clear message that those who prey on the most vulnerable among us will face sure and stern punishment."

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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