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Ontario man sentenced to federal prison for online child pornography

Greg Boris, a married Ontario man, used a chat room to send a nude photo of what he said was himself to someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl in Boise.

He wanted to arrange sex.

As Boris would soon discover, he wasn’t luring a juvenile. He was chatting in November 2019 with a federal agent who was posing online to ensnare child predators.

He subsequently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boise to a federal charge of distribution of child pornography and recently was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Boris, 27, was caught in Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide effort to combat child exploitation and sexual abuse. The case was investigated by the federal Homeland Security Investigations, Idaho State Police, Rupert Police Department and the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court records, Boris called himself “Dustin” online during the November 2019 exchanges, using a social media application chatroom called Whisper and then text messages.

Boris tried to get what he thought was the teen girl to send him a nude picture and “brags about videotaping little girls” age 5 to 7 years old.

Detective Sgt. Bob Speelman of the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office testified before a grand jury that in the course of the online contacts, Boris suggested to the girl that “we could make porn and do our own webcam stuff.”

Investigators searching a digital account found files “containing images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” according to a police affidavit.

Boris shared the images with the undercover agent posing as the 13-year-old.

A federal agent told the grand jury that he ran 263 images through the database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and identified 75 children, including toddlers.

As part of his sentence, Boris was ordered to pay $27,000 in restitution, with $3,000 going to child victims who could be identified.

Court records show that Boris pleaded guilty in 2016 in Malheur County Circuit Court to second-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced to three years of probation, which concluded just months before he was online with what he thought was a teenager.

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