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Helena inmate caught with child porn in cell

2008-09-19T00:00:00Z Helena inmate caught with child porn in cellEVE BYRON, Independent Record - 09/19/08 Helena Independent Record
September 19, 2008 12:00 am  • 

A jailed Helena man who was caught with child pornography in his prison cell will spend an additional three years behind bars, but this time in a federal penitentiary.

Monty Jerome Hendy, 30, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He currently resides in the state Crossroad Correctional Center in Shelby, where he's serving a five-year term for burglary and criminal mischief.

According to information from the U.S. Attorney's office, Hendy's prison cell in Shelby was searched in August 2006 when officers found a photo album with magazine cutouts inside of it. Having the cutouts violates the prison's policy.

Matters worsened for Hendy when the cutouts were confiscated and images of child pornography were found hidden behind the cutouts.

Hendy acknowledged possessing the child pornography images, but claims he got them from another inmate and was paid $50 to hold onto them.

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