Hazelton man to be sentenced Monday on child abuse charges

October 4, 2013 

— Michael Brian Clair, 33, pleaded guilty in July to sexual exploitation of children by production of sexually explicit images.

He faces 15 to 30 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine during sentencing at 10:30 a.m. Monday before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.

Clair responded to a Craigslist ad placed by an undercover Homeland Security agent. In a series of emails sent back and forth, Clair admitted having inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl and expressed interest in trading sexually explicit images of children, according to court documents.

At the time, Clair resided in Parker, Ariz. He moved in late December 2012 to Hazelton, 20 miles northeast of Twin Falls. He was arrested two months later and was accused of sexually abusing two young girls known to him between July 2012 and January 2013.

Investigators found 1,718 images depicting sexual acts performed upon children or the sexual display of children's genitals, according to Clair's plea agreement. They also found that Clair had distributed copies of the images by email to other people, both in the United States and in other countries.

After he serves his sentence, Clair will be barred from having contact with minors or frequenting places where primarily children go. He will be prohibited from engaging in a profession or volunteering with a group that brings him in contact with minors, unless approved by his probation officer.

Clair may not have or use a computer connected to the Internet and is subject to random polygraph tests.

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