A joint investigation by several law enforcement agencies, including the National Park Service, has resulted in the arrest and conviction of a man for possession of child pornography.
In 2010, the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice began looking into an individual who was downloading child pornography. That led them to 57-year-old James H. Durant, a concession employee who worked in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park and in Grand Canyon National Park. The subsequent joint investigation by Montana authorities, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service led to Durant’s arrest at Old Faithful in October 2011.
The forensic analysis of Durant’s computers revealed he was in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography that included images of children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence.
Durant was tried and convicted on federal charges of possession of child pornography. On March 15th, he was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming to ten years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.