Posted: Aug 7, 2013 5:04 PM by MTN News
A Bozeman man who pled guilty to possession of child pornography was sentenced to 52 months in prison.
Seth Patrick Durnam was sentenced in U.S. District Court, before Judge Donald W. Malloy.
According to court documents, on Nov. 8, 2010 Durnam was in Bozeman for a job interview. On Nov. 13, 2010 the homeowner where Durnam interviewed found a SD card in his driveway.
On Saturday, November 13, 2010, the homeowner found a 2GB SD card (a small, flash drive storage card, usually used for cameras) in his driveway. Upon examining the contents of the card he found hundreds of images of child pornography, that he described as "naked, under-age boys." When scrolling through the images, the
homeowner found a picture of Durnam, whom he recognized from the earlier job interview.
The homeowner contacted law enforcement and turned over the card.
When interviewed by a detective the next day, Durnam admitted that he "did like images of younger boys" but claimed it was earlier in his life. When the SD card was
examined, approximately 300 sexually explicit images and 5 movies of nude prepubescent and early teen boys were found on the card. These included images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence. The images had been copied to the SD card on April 21, 2010, by means of another device. There were also several pictures of Durnam on the card.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that Durnam will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. The investigation was conducted by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.