BILLINGS – A Glendive man today admitted producing and possessing videos containing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Anthony Dwayne Boldt, 44, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and to possession of child pornography. Boldt faces a minimum mandatory 15 years to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and from five years to life of supervised release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. Boldt was detained pending further proceedings.
In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution said law enforcement received information in January that Boldt may have been filming sexual activity with a juvenile girl. Law enforcement also received digital storage cards that came from Boldt’s residence. The cards contained files confirming the reported activity.
Law enforcement served a search warrant on Boldt’s residence and seized multiple items of electronic media. A forensic analysis of the media found videos of the defendant and the victim engaging in sexually explicit conduct in addition to other victims, including prepubescent children, engaging in similar conduct. In an interview with law enforcement, the victim confirmed that she was person depicted with Boldt in many of the videos and that Boldt had sexually assaulted her since about 2014.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno Baucus is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI.
This case was initiated under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, which was launched in 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. Through a network of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and advocacy organizations, Project Safe Childhood attempts to protect children by investigating and prosecuting offenders involved in child sexual exploitation. It is implemented through partnerships including the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children.