Utah Man Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case

BOSTON, April 4, 2013—A Utah man today admitted to possessing child pornography on a flight to Boston, receiving a suspended sentence and a series of strict conditions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

GRANT SMITH (D.O.B. 5/28/64) of Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 2½ years in a house of correction, with one year to serve up front and the balance suspended for a five-year probationary term. East Boston District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., imposed a 2½-year term, suspending the entire sentence. The five-year probationary term will be monitored by authorities in Utah, where he must register in accordance with that state’s sex offender registration requirements.

Smith was ordered to continue his participation in sex offender treatment and comply with any polygraph examinations it requires. He must have no contact with any children under 18 unless supervised by a parent or guardian who knows of his conviction; this condition does not apply to his own children, whose contact with him will be determined by the court. He must not enter any school, day care, or other venue where children congregate without prior written approval from probation officers. He must not use the internet unless required to do so for employment or to contact the mother of his children about visitation or to contact his attorney, and he must allow authorities to search his computer unannounced.

Had the case proceeded to trial, Assistant District Attorney Sarah McEvoy of Conley’s Child Protection Team would have introduced evidence and testimony proving that Smith was seen viewing explicit child pornography on his laptop computer by a fellow passenger on a Nov. 26, 2011, Delta flight from Utah to Boston.

The evidence would have shown that the passenger notified authorities and that Massachusetts State Police met the plane at arrival. Smith consented to their preliminary review of his computer, a MacBook Pro. That review, along with a subsequent forensic examination of its contents, led to the recovery of multiple still images depicting young girls between the ages of 5 and 14 years old, some naked and some engaged in explicit sexual activity

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