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A registered sex offender who once lived in Helena received a 10-year federal prison sentence Thursday after admitting to possessing child pornography.

Domenick James Howard, 29, acknowledged having sexually explicit images and videos of children. U.S. attorneys said at least one file depicted a girl under the age of 12 involved in a sexual act with an adult man. The images found on his computers included sexually explicit photos of infants and acts of bestiality, court documents state.

Howard has a previous conviction of sexual assault out of Ravalli County. Court documents state the victim in that crime was a 6-year-old girl. He was in sex offender treatment at the time of the federal offense.

"Howard is a danger to the community, especially children who cannot protect themselves; because Howard does not, and will not, comply with the terms of his supervision," Cyndee Peterson, assistant U.S. attorney noted in sentencing documents.

Federal Judge Charles Lovell sentenced Howard on Thursday. Howard pleaded guilty to the charge in May. A charge of receipt of child pornography was dropped in a plea agreement.

Authorities found Howard's computers containing the child porn in Boulder in April 2016. He was on probation for the child sexual assault at the time. Howard received a 20-year sentence to the Montana Department of Corrections with 15 years suspended on that charge. He was released into the community in December 2014.

The child porn investigation was a joint effort involving Helena police, the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI.

Following his release, Howard will be subject to lifetime supervised release.

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