Kuna man sent to prison in child porn case

U.S. District Court in Boise
U.S. District Court in Boise

Jonathan F. Dillard, 49, was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in prison and ordered to remain on supervised release for the rest of his life, during a hearing before visiting U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastion from Washington state.

Dillard pleaded guilty in February to possession of child pornography.

Yahoo notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November 2013 that someone uploaded what appeared to be images of children engaged in sexual activity to one of its chat rooms.

A detective with the Nampa Police Department later obtained a report linking the person who uploaded the images with a local CenturyLink Internet account.

When they searched Dillard’s home, police found dozens of videos and photos of children engaged in sexual activities. The girls depicted in the images were between 8 and 17. In a plea agreement filed in the case, Dillard admitted possessing 57 images and 13 videos containing child porn.

A second charge of receiving child pornography was dismissed in exchange for Dillard’s guilty plea.

Dillard previously spent four years in federal prison after a 2003 conviction for possession of sexually explicit images of minors. He was already on the state’s sex offender list because of that conviction.

He was also arrested in Gem County in 2001 and charged with possession of child exploitative materials. That charge was later dropped.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell