BOISE – Noah Fischman, 20, of Hailey, Idaho, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 36 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also sentenced Fischman to 15 years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Fischman pleaded guilty to the charge on July 7, 2020.
According to court records, the investigation began after Chat Step and Skype reported that child pornography had been uploaded to various online accounts between June 5, 2016 and November 3, 2018. The reports were assigned to the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force for investigation. ICAC learned that the IP address used to upload child pornography to the online accounts was tied to Fischman’s residence in Hailey. ICAC obtained a search warrant for Fischmans’s residence and then seized his computer after executing the search warrant. A forensic examination of the computer revealed approximately 4,900 files of child pornography. Fischman admitted to accessing child pornography and to saving child pornography to his computer. Fischman also admitted to receiving child pornography from other users on Chat Step and Skype.
Judge Nye also ordered Fischman to pay restitution of $60,000 to victims in the images he possessed and to pay a special assessment of $5,100. As a result of his conviction, Fischman will be required to register as a sex offender.
This case was investigated by the Idaho ICAC Task Force with assistance from United States Postal Inspection Service and Hailey Police Department, and was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. As part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office partner to marshal federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.
For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
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