An East Helena man and registered sex offender, who initially was charged with convincing two preteen girls to make pornographic videos of themselves, appeared in federal court in Great Falls on Thursday to face a charge of receipt of child pornography.

Kevin Michael Sheldon, 51, was charged in U.S. District Court with knowingly receiving child pornography between June 27, 2010, and Nov. 24, 2011. He had been confined at the Lewis and Clark County Jail since December for sexual abuse of children.

According to news reports, the two girls’ stepmother found videos on one girl’s electronic media player and called law enforcement officials. They allegedly found numerous images of the girls engaged in sexual conduct.

The girls told a sheriff’s deputy that Sheldon showed them how to make the videos. He also allegedly showed them pornography and child pornography.

Sheldon has a previous federal conviction related to child pornography.

He faces a possible minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in federal prison and could be jailed for up to 40 years, with a lifetime of supervision once he’s released. He also can be fined up to $250,000.

Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher said he’s in the process of dismissing the District Court charges since Sheldon is now facing federal prosecution.

“Montana law prohibits a state prosecution in addition to a federal prosecution of conduct arising from the same transaction,” Gallagher said.

A jury trial is set for May 29 before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Lovell.


 

Reporter Eve Byron: 447-4076 or eve.byron@helenair.com or Twitter.com/IR_EveByron

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