Lex Bennett Goodwin, 34, of Pocatello was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison for producing, transporting and possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart Davis announced Tuesday.
Chief U.S. District Judge David Nye also sentenced Goodwin to a lifetime of supervised release, and ordered him to forfeit the electronic devices used in the crime. Goodwin must pay restitution to the victims and register as a sex offender.
Goodwin was convicted by a jury on May 23 after a four-day trial, according to a press release. Court records show the investigation began in September 2017 after Google reported that child pornography had been uploaded to a Google account.
An agent with Homeland Security Investigations obtained a federal search warrant for the Google account, which revealed that the account belonged to Goodwin. Within the account, the agent located several sexually explicit images of a 16-month-old child that Goodwin had produced.
The agent obtained additional search warrants authorizing the search and seizure of Goodwin’s electronics, including his cellphone, and a second Google account belonging to Goodwin.
Additional files of the child were found on Goodwin’s cellphone and in the second Google account. The investigation further revealed that Goodwin had attempted to produce sexually explicit images of a 6-year-old, and that he had possessed and transported numerous other files of child pornography.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations in Idaho Falls and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with the assistance of the Idaho Department of Correction, Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, and Pocatello and Rupert Police Departments.The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.