Portland Man Sentenced for Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Boise Minor


Scott L. Austin, 52, from Portland, Ore., got himself into trouble—according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office—when he sent sexually explicit images to an undercover detective located in Boise on several occasions between the summer of 2011 and the fall of 2013. 

Austin was sentenced on Jan. 30 by Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for the attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. Austin pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 28, 2014.

Austin admitted to having sexually explicit chats with an undercover detective and another officer posing as the detective's under-age daughter. On Aug. 9, 2011, in a chat room titled "Incest," Austin sent three sexually explicit images that appeared to be minor females, along with sexually explicit chats directed at the detective posing as a minor.

In August and September 2013, Austin emailed the undercover detective to say he would be in Boise and asking to meet up with him and his daughter. That's when the sting operation began.

When Austin showed up at the pre-arranged location on Oct. 11, 2013, the detective and a young female police officer were waiting. Austin drove by several times and sent a text message reading, "got spooked," followed by "Are you a cop?" He asked the undercover officers to kiss when he drove by and stopped to tell them he was just curious and he "might not have enough tonight, but he would see about meeting up tomorrow."

Austin also told the male officer, "I would feel more comfortable if she would just, like, flash me."

The detective asked him if he had a hotel room and Austin agreed to get one, but he said, "I have been kind of curious. I just don't know if I want to cross that line. So I am just nervous about it."

Austin ultimately drove away but was brought to justice by the Boise Police Department, which is a member of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide program launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice toward the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.