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Trial begins for eastern Montana man accused of downloading child porn

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BILLINGS -  A trial started Monday in U.S. District Court in Billings for a northeastern Montana man accused of downloading hundreds of images of child pornography.

Matthew Stoney Olson, a 38-year-old Circle man, is charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

A federal investigation got underway in May 2015 when the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Great Falls discovered a computer registered in Eastern Montana had more than 100 files of downloaded child pornography.

The computer address was registered to Olson, according to court documents.

 Members of the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations were asked to further the investigation.

Agents learned that much of the child pornography on the computer involved children between the ages of 2 and 8.

Authorities obtained a warrant to search Olson’s home and discovered a laptop computer that contained child pornography.

Olson’s mother told investigators that only her son used the computer.

Detectives also learned that Olson had been formerly accused of sexually abusing a pair of young girls, but they were unclear whether the allegations ever resulted in charges.

At the time authorities executed the search warrant, there were two preteen girls living in the home with Olson.

A thorough search of the laptop authorities discovered revealed about 282 images of child pornography and 22 videos.

Prosecutors said in their trial brief that they would need to show some of the images of child pornography to the jury.

Attorneys for Olson had not given notice of any defense that may be presented at trial.

The trial is expected to last two days.

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