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Man sentenced to six years for possession of child pornography
Sep 26, 2013 - From staff reports
The 30-year-old also will have to pay a $100 special assessment and a $400 fine.
Charles Lee Caines, 30, of Riverton, has been sentenced to six years in prison for possession of child pornography.
He was arrested this spring in Lander on three counts charging that he distributed, received and possessed images of child pornography on his cellular telephone.
The charges of distribution and receipt were later dropped.
The first alleged that, on or about Jan. 26, Caines knowingly distributed one or more digital images of child pornography using "a means and facility of interstate commerce," or his cell phone.
The second dismissed charge stated that, on or about Dec. 28, 2012, Caines knowingly received one or more images of child pornography, also on his cell phone.
The possession charge alleges that, on or about Feb. 5, Caines knowingly possessed a Motorola XT 865 Droid Bionic cellular telephone with internal memory that contained one or more digital images of child pornography involving a pre-pubescent minor.
Combined penalties for all three counts include five years to 50 years in prison, a $750,000 fine, five years to life under supervised release and a $300 special assessment.
Caines made his initial appearance in court April 22 in Lander. He pled not guilty to distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography April 25.
Officials in April ordered that Caines be detained based on his "continued drug use" and potential access to a cell phone or computer outside of jail. In addition, court documents state that "employment options would surround (Caines) with minor girls."
A trial date was set for July 1 in Cheyenne, but on June 18 Caines entered a change of plea. The charges of distribution and receipt were dismissed, and Caines pled guilty to possession of child pornography.
On Sept. 12, Caines was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal to six years imprisonment followed by 22 years of supervised release. He also was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $400 fine.
The case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.