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Probation ordered for Lander man on child porn charge

Jan 24, 2017 - From staff reports

A Lander man has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation for possession of child pornography.

Court documents state that, on or about April 2, 2015, Thomas Murray Morstad, 67, of Lander, knowingly possessed material which contained images of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, and which were produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped and transported in, and affecting, interstate commerce.

Specifically, the document filed Jan. 12, 2017, states Morstad possessed a Dell Studio 1737 computer, and associated internal hard drives, which was manufactured in a location other than Wyoming, that contained digital images depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.

and five years to life of supervised release.

Morstad's initial appearance, guilty plea arraignment and sentencing all were held Jan. 12. He waived his indictment and appeared pursuant to a summons. In addition to probation he was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Restitution will be determined at a later date.

The case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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