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Caldwell man sentenced to 25 years for producing child pornography

Andrew Neil Smith was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Boise.
Prison cell bars, file photo.

BOISE, Idaho — A Caldwell man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexually abusing a young girl and creating child pornography.

Andrew Neil Smith, 33, was arrested in May 2020 after FBI agents raided his home and found child pornography of the victim, a 10-year-old girl, on his cell phone. 

The child told investigators that Smith had been sexually abusing her since she was 7, and had given her marijuana multiple times. 

Smith admitted to sexually assaulting the girl for three years, telling officers he had created videos showing the abuse. Later, according to court documents, he convinced the child to send him explicit pictures of herself over Snapchat, and sent her photos of his genitals. 

Smith pleaded guilty to producing child pornography in November.

In addition to the prison sentence, Smith will be required to register as a sex offender and complete ten years of supervised probation following his release. 

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Idaho  Crimes Against Children Task Force as part of Project Safe Childhood.