Lothar Konrad Krauth, a Great Falls man who admitted receiving child pornography on his computer, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday.
Krauth, 81 years old, was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release.
Krauth pleaded guilty in April to receipt of child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris presided, and also ordered $9,000 restitution.
The prosecution said in court records that agents from the Great Falls Homeland Security Investigations team received a CyberTipline report in October 2018 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. NCMEC reported that the user of an internet provider address in Great Falls had uploaded an image of a nude prepubescent boy. An investigation found the address belonged to Krauth.
HSI and Great Falls police executed a search warrant at Krauth’s residence on October 26, 2018 and seized about 20 items of electronic media, including a desktop computer, external hard drives, thumb drives and more. A search of the electronic media found thousands of images of child porn, including images of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
(NOVEMBER 15, 2018) Lothar Konrad Krauth of Great Falls, 80 years old, appeared in federal court in Great Falls on Wednesday for a detention hearing related to criminal charges of receipt of child pornography.
On October 10, 2018, agents with the Department of Homeland Security received a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTip identifying an IP address in Great Falls as uploading an image of a nude prepubescent male child. A Summons to the internet service provider identified the IP address as assigned to Krauth.
Court documents state that officers with the Great Falls Police Department and HSI seized approximately 20 items of electronic devices at his house on October 26; the items included a desktop computer, nine hard drives, six thumb drives, two digital cameras, 210 DVDs/CDs, and 30 VCR tapes.
A forensic examination of the devices revealed approximately 400 images of child pornography, to include children engaged in sexually explicit conduct to include oral, vaginal, and anal acts with other children and adults. The majority of the images depict prepubescent children, some as young as approximately two or three years old.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office states that the complaint is merely an accusation and Krauth is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If indicted and convicted of the charge in the complaint, Krauth faces a minimum mandatory five years to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.
The investigation identified Krauth as being a retired Catholic Priest assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Great Falls from 1989 to 2014. He is known throughout the community as “Father Lou.”
Wednesday’s detention hearing began at 9:21 a.m. and concluded at 9:46 a.m.
The judge determined that Krauth could be released pending his next court appearance, and imposed the following requirements:
- The defendant must not violate federal, state, or local law while on release
- The defendant must cooperate in the collection of a DNA sample if it is authorized
- The defendant must advise the court or the pretrial services office or supervising officer in writing before making any change of residence or telephone number
- The defendant must appear in court as required and, if convicted, must surrender as directed to serve a sentence that the court may impose.
In addition, the court imposed the following conditions on Krauth:
- surrender any passport to: US Probation Office
- not obtain a passport or other international traveI document
- abide by the following restrictions on personal association. residence, or travel: Cascade County
- avoid all contact. directly or indirectly, with any person who is or may be a victim or witness in the investigation or prosecution
- not possess a firearm, destructive device, or other weapon.
- Curfew. You are restricted to your residence every day from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- submit to location monitoring as directed by the pretrial services office or supervising officer and comply with all of the program
- report as soon as possible to the Pretrial Service Office or supervising officer every contact with law enforcement personnel including arrests, questioning, or traffic stops