I.F. man gets prison for child porn

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced an Idaho Falls man to three years and three months in prison for possessing child pornography.

Daniel Joseph Dalton, 38, in January pleaded guilty to possession of sexually explicit images of minors. Winmill also sentenced Dalton to 15 years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Dalton’s case was the subject of three Post Register articles in April 2013 that detailed how investigators with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office had forgotten about evidence for two years. Dalton was not named in those articles because he had not yet been charged.

The case began in 2011 when Dalton took his computer to the Computer Guy repair shop in Idaho Falls for repair work. While working on Dalton’s computer, an employee discovered the child pornography.

The employee reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office, which launched an investigation. Deputies confiscated Dalton’s hard drive and found more than 300 videos of child pornography, according to court documents. After Dalton was interviewed by investigators and the evidence was stored, the case sat untouched for nearly two years.

Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said Dalton’s file was “forgotten.” The case was finally submitted to a federal investigator Feb. 15, 2013, which was after the newspaper brought the issue to Wilde’s attention. Dalton was indicted by a federal grand jury July 23.

Reporter Ali Tadayon can be reached at 542-6746

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