Life in prison: Holiday Island man sentenced in child-porn case

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Carroll County News

A Holiday Island man was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge.

Lucas Montagne, 33, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor via the production of child pornography. Montagne was already a registered sex offender, having been convicted twice of sexual assault of a child. Those convictions both occurred in Texas, in 2013 and 2014.

At a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Fort Smith, U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes sentenced Montagne to life in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

According to court records, in April 2019 Homeland Security Investigations received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding media files that contained what was believed to be images of child pornography being uploaded onto Google. The CyberTip noted that metadata from one of the image files indicated it may have been taken in February 2019 near Holiday Island. 

Further investigation led Investigators to Montagne’s residence in Holiday Island. A federal search warrant was sought and obtained and was executed on the residence in May 2019. During execution of the search warrant, Montagne and two minors were located inside the home.

A forensic analysis of electronics seized from the residence revealed multiple images of child pornography depicting two separate minors under the age of 10. 

Montagne was indicted in June 2019.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Eureka Springs Police Department, Arkansas State Police and Carroll County Probation and Parole.  Assistant United States Attorney Carly Marshall prosecuted the case.

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