Westley L. Cottam

Westley L. Cottam

A Malad man is facing charges for possession of child pornography and burglary in unrelated incidents.

Westley L. Cottam, 23, has been charged with 10 counts of willfully possessing or accessing sexually exploitative material involving a child, a felony crime, according to Bannock County Magistrate Court records.

The charges were filed against Cottam after multiple images of child pornography were found on his phone earlier this year, according to court records.

Some of the images showed young children involved in sexual conduct with adults, and one, depicting bestiality, included a dog.

Cottam has also been charged with burglary for an incident that allegedly occurred in October. He’s accused of pawning a stolen Xbox One game console and controller at a Pocatello business, according to court records.

Hearings that will determine if there is enough evidence to take both cases to trial have been set for Dec. 24. If convicted, Cottam faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count associated with child pornography. He also faces up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the burglary charge.