BOISE, Idaho - A local man, who purchased memberships to several commercial child pornography websites, pleaded guilty Monday to possessing sexually explicit images of minors, following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Randall Dee Rasband, 52, was identified by the ICE HSI Cyber Crimes Center as someone who had paid to view illegal images of child pornography. ICE HSI agents conducted a consent search of his Boise residence, and found more than 200 images and 25 videos containing sexually explicit images of minors.
According to the plea agreement, Rasband admitted searching for and viewing pornography on the Internet for more than 10 years. The illegal images he possessed included 27 victims who have been identified in other child sexual exploitation investigations as being from the United States, Europe and South America.
"Every time these illegal images are produced, transmitted, or viewed, a child is victimized," said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in the Pacific Northwest. "Addressing this sordid matter remains a high priority for the men and women of HSI and we will continue to seek out and bring to justice those who mistakenly believe the Internet shields them from detection."
Rasband's sentencing is set for Jan. 12 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release for a term of at least five years.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.