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Great Falls man sentenced on child pornography charges

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GREAT FALLS - Ryan Spraker was sentenced in Great Falls on Monday to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections, with five years suspended.

Spraker was charged with 30 counts of sexual abuse of a child after child pornography was found on his computer.

The prosecution asked for Spraker to be sentenced to 10 years with five suspended.

The defense wanted all 10 years to be suspended due to an evaluation stating that Spraker could be rehabilitated in the community. 

Judge Elizabeth Best followed the recommendations of the plea agreement in sentencing Spraker.

During her decision, she noted that Spraker is a convicted sex offered in the state of Virginia.

Judge Best stated that Spraker has shown he will not follow court orders and has not learned enough from prior experiences.

Spraker said in court that he accepts responsibility for actions.

He will have to register as a Tier 1 sex offender when he is released from prison. 

(FEBRUARY 9, 2017) Ryan Andrew Spraker of Great Falls pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 30 felony counts of sexual assault of a child.

Spraker appeared in the courtroom of Judge Elizabeth Best.

Court documents state the charges against Spraker are related to possession of child pornography.

In May 2016, Great Falls police searched a home and found a laptop containing two dozen files of pornographic images of children.

The owners of the home told officers that the laptop belonged to Spraker and that he is a registered sex offender in Virginia.

Police say Spraker admitted that he downloaded movies to the laptop.

His trial is set for Feb. 28.

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