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Glasgow Man Found Guilty of Sex Assault, Computer Porn Charges

HELENA – A Valley County jury Thursday found Terrance John Yecovenko of Glasgow guilty of sexual assault and sexual abuse of children.

After deliberating for about six hours, the jury found Yecovenko guilty of two counts of felony sex assault and two counts of felony sex abuse of children. The sex assault charges stemmed from allegations Yecovenko sexually assaulted a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old girl. The felony sexual abuse of children charges were a result of allegations Yecovenko possessed and distributed child pornography via computer.

Under Montana law, possession or distribution of child porn constitutes sexual abuse of children. Evidence in the Yecovenko case included child pornography images found on Zip® disks and on two computers, one belonging to Yecovenko and one to another Glasgow resident to whom he distributed the child pornography.

The trial was the first case of the state’s Computer Crime Unit to go to trial. The Computer Crime Unit was created a year ago to investigate and assist in the prosecution of crimes involving computers. The Yecovenko case was investigated by the Glasgow Police Department and prosecuted by the Valley County Attorney. Local authorities seized the computers and a large quantity of other electronic media and requested the Computer Crime Unit to process the equipment for evidence.

The Computer Crime Unit serves as a resource to local law enforcement. Since its inception, the Unit has investigated or assisted in about 36 felony cases. More than a dozen of those matters involved sexual offenses allegedly committed against children, including the exploitation of children over the Internet.

The conviction on the sexual assault and sexual abuse of children charges (for distributing child pornography) carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Yecovenko will be sentenced after the first of the year. The weeklong trial, which began on October 29, was heard by District Judge John McKeon.

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