Roy Alexander Briggs, of Helena, was arraigned this week in Great Falls on charges of possessing child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.

Briggs, 34, was arrested by Helena police, who went to his Rodney Street home last July with a warrant for his alleged failure to register. He had a laptop in his possession and allegedly voluntarily reported that everything the officers needed was on the computer.

In discussions with the officers, Briggs’ roommate, William Robinson, 65, indicated that Briggs had used Robinson’s computer and gave them permission to search it for child pornography. An officer “almost immediately” found child pornography, according to court documents.

“Robinson admitted that the child pornography on the computer was his and that he had been engaged in such activities for a period of time,” prosecutors noted.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and agents seized various computer equipment. An examination revealed about 800 images and 25 videos of child pornography that Robinson had received via the Internet for years.

The computer analysis also revealed that Robinson had distributed child pornography images to others via the Internet.

Both men were arrested in July 2012, and Briggs was returned to Washington state to finish serving a 45-month sentence for previous child pornography possession charges. He had served about three years of that sentence prior to being released, but also was supposed to be under the supervision of a probation officer for 10 years.

Robinson pleaded guilty earlier this year to receiving child pornography over the Internet and is slated to be sentenced on March 20. Robinson faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and could be sentenced up to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

Briggs pleaded not guilty to the charges. If found guilty, he faces of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

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

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

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