A former Judith Gap teacher will spend the next 78 months in prison after investigators found him possessing and sharing child sex abuse material on the internet.
Jayson Gayo, 28, was sentenced Friday to prison and five years of supervised released in United States District, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Gayo, a Filipino national living in Montana on a visa, will be deported back to the Philippines once his sentence is complete.
“It is important to note that not only did (Gayo) possess child pornography, but he was also an administrator of a group involving those with an interest in pornography,” federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing recommendation filed in court.
In August 2020, court documents said, Facebook sent several tips to law enforcement of a video sent from an account later discovered to be associated with Gayo. The video showed the sexual assault of an underage girl. Investigators with Homeland Security Investigations and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation eventually traced the source of the video to Gayo’s residence in Judith Gap, where they executed a search warrant in March 2021. Judith Gap has a population of less than 200 people, and sits along U.S. Highway 191 north of