Crime

Authorities shocked by Boise man’s massive collection of child porn

A man caught with more than 8,000 images and more than 900 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison.

Ronald Lallatin, 61, must also submit to five years of supervised release after leaving prison.

The collection he put together showed children subjected to sadistic and masochistic conduct, federal prosecutors said. Some of the children who were sexually abused were toddlers, they said.

“The number of images and videos of child pornography possessed by this defendant is staggering,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Whatcott wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “Amassing such a large collection of pornography requires significant time and effort.”

The number of images seized from Lallatin totaled several times those taken from five other defendants prosecuted the past couple of years in Idaho. Four of those five averaged 112 images while the fifth one had 4,688 child porn images and 31 videos.

Lallatin did not have a previous criminal record. Prosecutors said he admitted to viewing child pornography daily, and had fantasized about it “for as long as he could remember.”

In March, Lallatin pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. He agreed to the plea before he was formally charged.

Lallatin had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison and five years to life of possible supervision.

Agents with the federal Department of Homeland Security obtained a search warrant in June 2016 after developing evidence that a computer at Lallatin’s home had accessed and downloaded a video containing child pornography. The images and videos were located on a laptop computer and nine thumb-drive storage devices.

Winmill ordered Lallatin to forfeit his laptop computer and the USB drives. He also ordered Lallatin pay $1,000 each in restitution to six victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and who asked to be compensated.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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