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Man Convicted of Producing, Possessing Child Pornography Sentenced to 204 Months in Federal Prison

This news story was published on December 23, 2012.
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SALT LAKE CITY—Garrick Veater, age 28, of Springville, convicted of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography following a 3-day trial in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City in June, will serve 204 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball imposed the sentence Tuesday afternoon. Judge Kimball also ordered Veater to be on supervised release for 180 months when he finishes his federal prison sentence and required him to register as a sex offender. Veater also must forfeit a phone and computer equipment as a part of the judgment.

Veater was charged in a two-count indictment returned in October 2009 following an investigation by the FBI and the Provo Police Department.

According to a complaint filed in the case, in September 2009, the mother of a 5-year-old child reported to the Provo Police Department that she had located images of her daughter on Veater’s cell phone. A grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Veater with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography in October 2009.

In addition to finding Veater guilty of production and possession of child pornography, the jury also found that all 18 images presented to them as exhibits during the trial were child pornography.

Federal prosecutors argued for a guideline sentence of 480 months, based on federal sentencing guidelines in the case, including an increase in sentencing calculations to reflect material involving a minor under the age of 12; material portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct or depictions of violence; use of a computer; conduct that involved at least 10 images but fewer than 150; engaging in a pattern of activity involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor; abuse of a position of trust; and obstruction of justice.

In a sentencing memorandum filed with the Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Dain said that offensive conduct cannot be downplayed. “Veater engaged in aberrant sexual behavior with a 5-year-old child, maintained photographs of the sexual exploitation of children, and also possessed a large collection of graphic bestiality images and videos. In addition, Veater held a position of trust with the victim and acted as a father figure toward the victim. To say that Veater violated that trust would be an understatement and a disservice to a small child who had to endure not only the violation of her person but the trauma of testifying,” Dain said in the memorandum.

Dain also read a letter written by the mother of the victim at the sentencing hearing.

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