Matthew Stevens will likely spend at least six months in an Idaho Department of Correction treatment program before he will find out if he will go to prison for possessing child pornography.
Third District Judge Thomas Ryan gave the 22-year-old Stevens an eight year prison sentence Monday for a felony charge of possession of sexually exploitative materials. Ryan then placed Stevens in a retained jurisdiction program commonly known as a rider where he will be evaluated by IDOC employees before Ryan decides if Stevens should go to prison or be placed on felony probation.
If he does go to prison, Stevens would be able to ask for parole after serving two years.
Nampa police began working on the case last summer when they were contacted by an officer with the Canby Police Department in Oregon, who told them Stevens may have been in possession of illegal images. Police later found over 200 illegal images of children on Stevens computer at his Nampa area home.
Nampa police arrested Stevens on four counts of felony possession of sexually exploitative materials in August. Stevens eventually pleaded guilty to one of those charges as part of a plea agreement with Canyon County prosecutors in November, according to court records.
Stevens will have to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample to the Idaho criminal records database.