A California man was sentenced last week in Ravalli County District Court to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended for possession of child pornography.
"We take child pornography cases very seriously," said Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright.
Eric Jason Cisneros, 42, was arrested last April following a “no-knock” drug raid on a Hamilton home that netted cocaine with an estimated value of $4,500.
Following his arrest, investigators confiscated his cell phone where they found an application designed to exchange images, videos and messaging communications. Within that application, a detective found a communication that he recognized as an exchange of child pornography.
The image was of a girl about 10 to 12 years old being sexually assaulted.
A further review of data stored on the phone found 30 videos depicting children being sexually assaulted in various ways. The review also found messages from Cisneros in which child pornography videos were either solicited or shared with other users in the cellphone application.
Cisneros initially was charged with 18 counts of sexual abuse of children for distributing child pornography and 30 counts of possessing it.
He eventually pleaded to two felony charges of sexual abuse of children.
Cisneros was sentenced on Jan. 18 in the drug case on charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs.
In the drug case, Cisneros was sentenced to a 10-year commitment with the Montana Department of Corrections, with five years suspended. That sentence will run concurrently with the sentence he received in the child pornography case.