Boise man pleads guilty to federal child porn charge

Allan Ebel, 63, entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, an electronic device at Ebel’s residence downloaded images of child pornography from a website based in Switzerland on at least six occasions in August of 2014. In July of 2015, agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with assistance from the Boise Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Ebel’s Boise home, seizing numerous computers and electronic storage devices.

In the plea agreement, Ebel admitted possessing 4,688 images and 31 videos containing child pornography on the desktop computer and external hard drive. As part of his plea, Ebel agreed to forfeit the desktop computer and external hard drive used in the crime.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 25 at the federal courthouse in Boise. Possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.