SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Joseph H. Harrington announced.
45-year-old Christopher M. Turner was sentenced to 135 months in prison, followed by 20 years of court supervision once he is released. Turner will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
"The Court’s sentence today should serve as a warning to people who harbor a sexual interest in children – if they collect or trade child pornography, they will be actively pursued by federal and state law enforcement officers," said Harrington. "The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute aggressively child exploitation crimes that occur in the Eastern District of Washington."
According to information disclosed during court proceedings, a Homeland Security Investigations agent conducted an online undercover investigation using peer-to-peer software that offenders use to trade and distribute child pornography. Turner's Spokane residence was identified as a place where someone what distributing images of child pornography. Homeland Security Investigations agents obtained a search warrant for Turner's home.
Law enforcement agents seized electronic devices from Turner's home, including a homemade computer he had built. During a search of the computer, agents found more than 2,800 images and video files of child pornography. Those images included photos of children under the age of 12 and sadistic, masochistic, and violent conduct.
Many images on Turner's devices showed children previously identified as victims by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In 1993, Turner was convicted in the State of Washington for the rape of a child in the second degree and is a registered sex offender.
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