Former TV Station Manager Sentenced
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former general manager of the KTVH television station in Helena has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell sentenced 63-year-old William Sears Stebbins on Thursday in Helena. He was ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution.
Stebbins pleaded guilty in April to receipt of child pornography. Investigators found his email account held about 6,000 images of child pornography and a tablet contained another 900 images.
Stebbins was given a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections in 2014 for violating the terms of a deferred sentence he received for stealing checks in 2011 and writing at least one of them to himself. The violations included using meth.
Department of Corrections records say Stebbins has been held at the state prison in Deer Lodge since January.