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Rexburg man gets 12 years for distributing child pornography

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The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Idaho.

POCATELLO – A Rexburg man was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.

According to court records, in May 2020, the residence of Daniel Gary Archibald, 45, was searched by detectives with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The search was conducted at Archibald’s Rexburg residence after receiving information that he was chatting with a 14-year-old girl online. During the search, law enforcement found a laptop and cellphone hidden under Archibald’s mattress.

Archibald had an active Twitter account that was discovered during the search of his devices. Archibald distributed child pornography videos through this Twitter account sharing links to videos of child pornography. In total, Archibald distributed over 3,300 videos of child pornography.

Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Archibald to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Archibald pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 15, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez Jr. of the District of Idaho made the announcement and commended the cooperative efforts of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children task force, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Idaho Falls Police Department, which led to charges.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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