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Investigation Leads to Child Porn Conviction

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Date: March 26, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
March 26, 2012         12-018    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Investigation Leads to Child Porn Conviction

A joint investigation by several law enforcement agencies, including the National Park Service, has resulted in the arrest and conviction of a man for possession of child pornography.

In 2010, the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice began looking into an individual who was downloading child pornography. That led them to 57-year-old James H. Durant, a concession employee who worked in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park and in Grand Canyon National Park.

The subsequent joint investigation by Montana authorities, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service led to Durant's arrest at Old Faithful in October 2011.

The forensic analysis of Durant's computers revealed he was in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography that included images of children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.

Durant was tried and convicted on federal charges of possession of child pornography. On March 15, 2012, Federal District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming sentenced Durant to 10 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

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