Dennis Alan Brister

Dennis Alan Brister

A 50-year-old registered sex offender whose past criminal offenses include incest and sexual assault pleaded guilty Monday to federal child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

Dennis Alan Brister of Missoula faces a minimum 15-year prison sentence for downloading pornographic images of children to his computer. A federal charge of receiving child pornography normally carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, but it can be enhanced if the defendant has a prior sex offense conviction.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24 before U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen.

Brister, a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal history, was on probation at the time of his most recent offense.

According to court records, he admitted during a probation check-in to having been around a 3-year-old child, which was prohibited by the conditions of his state probation.

Brister was arrested and a probation officer searched his home, where they found a computer box and manual but no computer.

The probation officer learned that Brister had dropped off the computer at a friend’s house on his way to the probation check-in. The officer seized the machine, as well as two MicroSD cards that contained child pornography. The files were created in November 2011.

A forensic examiner also located Internet browsing activities that revealed an “interest in” child pornography, according to charging documents, and showed that Brister had been conducting searches for “illegal sex with children” and “illegal preteen PICS underground lolitas.”

Brister’s criminal record includes state convictions for a sexual assault that took place in Cascade County in 1983, and incest that took place in Missoula in 1993, as well as a theft conviction and multiple probation violations.

Because he was on state probation at the time the new criminal conduct was discovered, resulting in the federal charge, the state sentence was revoked, according to his attorney, federal defender Andrew J. Nelson.

In addition to the federal sentence, he also must serve a 25-year state prison sentence.

Reporter Tristan Scott can be reached at (406) 730-1067 or at tscott@missoulian.com.

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