GREAT FALLS – Timothy Allen Weaver was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday for sexual exploitation of a child and receipt of child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced Weaver to a total of 500 months (41.6 years) in prison, followed by lifetime court supervision.
Morris sentenced Weaver to the federal Bureau of Prisons for 360 months each on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The two terms are to run concurrently.
Morris also sentenced Weaver to 140 months in prison on a count of receipt of child pornography. That sentence will run consecutive to the other sentences.
If Weaver is ever released from prison he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life.
In its sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that Weaver "engaged in a repeated pattern, covering a period of approximately five years, of sexual exploitation of (the) child. He violently abused the child victim multiple times per week, including choking. During the abuse and humiliation, the victim would close her eyes and cry."
“The efforts of the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office in promptly searching Weaver’s residence and then requesting the assistance of the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and HSI have not only rescued this child from Weaver’s on-going abuse but it also protected other children from victimization," said U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that Weaver will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Weaver does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.