Former Missoula man gets 15 years on child porn charges

A man who used to live in Missoula will spend 15 years behind bars for distributing and receiving sexually explicit materials involving minors. 

Taurean J. Weber, 40, was convicted in July on eight charges: four counts of transportation of child pornography, three counts of distribution and one count of receipt of child pornography, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Weber is a former Missoula resident and now lives in Littleton, Colorado. 

He was sentenced in federal court on Friday before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen.

Weber’s time in prison will be followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was also ordered by the court to pay $27,000 in restitution to the nine victims involved in the case.

From 2016 to 2020, federal court documents allege Weber used Dropbox, Instagram and various electronic devices to obtain, store and send child porn. Officials estimate Weber distributed or possessed at least 715 videos and 3,567 images, totaling about 57,192 photos, the press release stated. 

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