Former East Helena police chief gets 5-plus years in prison for child porn

William Daly Harrington

Former East Helena Police Chief William Daly Harrington was sentenced to more than five years in prison for one count of distribution of child pornography in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana Thursday morning.

The state successfully sought the dismissal of three other counts — two additional counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography — in exchange for Harrington’s guilty plea made Dec. 7.

Harrington, who resigned from his post as police chief in East Helena in March 2021 following a separate sexual assault allegation that was found to be unsubstantiated, appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.

Harrington will serve 66 months in prison and five years under supervision following his release and must register as a sex offender.

He was ordered to pay special assessments totaling $7,600, including a $5,000 payment as required by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.

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