Donnie Brett Butcher, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Butcher to 10 years of supervised release following incarceration.
Butcher pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2018. The investigation began when a federal undercover agent was contacted online by Butcher, who shared the password to two online folders that contained images and videos of child pornography. FBI agents executed a search warrant at Butcher’s residence on March 6, 2017, and seized various electronics media, including a MacBook computer and an external hard drive.
Although Butcher admitted to agents that he downloaded and exchanged child pornography with his MacBook computer, which contained full-disk encryption, he refused to provide a password so that investigators could examine the computer. Investigators found approximately 11,000 images and videos of child pornography on external storage devices, including videos depicting bondage, bestiality and sexually explicit activity with toddlers.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI.