POCATELLO — A 34-year-old Pocatello man has been sentenced to 100 years in federal prison for producing, transporting and possessing child pornography, according to officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.
A jury convicted Lex Bennett Goodwin of the crime following a four-day trial in May, officials said.
In addition to his prison sentence, Goodwin will have to serve a lifetime of supervised release, forfeit all electronic devices he used to commit the crimes, register as a sex offender and pay restitution to the victims, officials said.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Idaho Falls and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case. The Idaho Department of Correction, Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office and Pocatello and Rupert Police Departments also assisted.
Officials said the investigation began in September 2017 when Google reported that child pornography had been uploaded to a Google account.
An HSI agent was able to obtain a federal search warrant for the account, which belonged to Goodwin.
“Within the account, the agent located several sexually explicit images of a sixteen-month-old child that Goodwin had produced,” according to a news release, which adds that the agent obtained additional search warrants for Goodwin’s electronics and a second Google account. “Additional files of the sixteen-month-old child that Goodwin had produced were located on his cellphone and in the second Google account. The investigation further revealed that Goodwin had attempted to produce sexually explicit images of a six-year-old child and that he had possessed and transported numerous other files of child pornography.”
Officials said the case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative combatting child sexual exploitation and abuse.