Reno, Nevada - A Reno resident who was on parole when he downloaded over two thousand images and videos of child pornography was sentenced to 6 ½ years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.
David Guilmette, 37, pleaded guilty in March 2018, to one count of receipt of child pornography. Guilmette has a felony conviction for attempted sexual assault of a child. In addition to the prison term, United States District Chief Judge Miranda Du sentenced Guilmette to lifetime supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
According to court documents, in October 2017, Reno Police Department officers responded to a complaint from a witness that reported seeing Guilmette looking at child pornography on a laptop computer. During an interview with law enforcement, Guilmette admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography. Officers obtained a search warrant to seize the laptop, thumb drive, and a mobile phone. A forensic examination of Guilmette’s laptop and thumb drive revealed approximately 850 images and 115 videos depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some masochistic and sadistic in nature. An additional 1,240 images and seven videos were located from deleted files.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the ICAC Task Force consisting of Washoe County Sherriff’s Office, Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Reno Police Department and Sparks Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Sue Fahami and Andolyn Johnson prosecuted the case.
If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, you are urged to make a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.org or to contact local authorities.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.