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Kalispell Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Porn, Drugs

David Trent was arrested in 2014 after officers found meth, heroin and child porn at his home

A Kalispell man has been given a suspended sentence to the Montana State Prison for possessing drugs and child pornography.

David Trent was sentenced on March 31 in Flathead County District Court.

According to court documents, a Flathead County Sheriff’s Office deputy received a tip in July 2014 from Microsoft that an online storage account used by someone in the Kalispell area had child pornography on it. Under the software company’s user agreement, Microsoft is able to view and remove any material at its discretion. Microsoft removed the offending images from the account.

Law enforcement traced the account to Sheila Nooner and David Trent, who lived in a basement on Fox Hill Drive. Law enforcement talked to Nooner who said her husband, Trent, was very secretive when he was online. Deputies confronted Trent who then admitted to viewing pornographic images of young girls, adding, “I know it was wrong.”

Deputies obtained a search warrant to look through the house the couple shared and during their search discovered a metal case with meth and heroine inside. Nooner and Trent told authorities the drugs belonged to them.

Trent was charged with one count of sexual abuse of children and two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs in May 2015.

Nooner was charged with two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Nooner later pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession and was given a three-year deferred sentence.

In January, Trent took a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of children and one count of criminal possession. On March 31, Trent was given a 10-year suspended sentence to the Montana State Prison for sexual abuse of children and a five-year suspended sentence for criminal possession to run consecutively. Trent must register as a level one sex offender and undergo sexual offender treatment. He also must pay a $1,000 fine.

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