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Fort Drum man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for having child pornography


A Fort Drum man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography he obtained over the Internet.

James D. Hobson, 37, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to 151 months in prison after pleading guilty May 13 to single counts of distribution of and receipt of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography. He was also ordered to undergo supervision for the rest of his life upon his release from prison.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the matter, a federal undercover agent was using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program in July 2012 when the agent noted an Internet protocol address offering a number of files available for downloading. The agent downloaded five files, each of which allegedly contained child pornography.

The special agent with the Department of Homeland Security then determined which company provided the IP address, and the company provided the physical address of the subscriber associated with the IP address.

The agent and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Mr. Hobson, who was not home when the premises were searched.

According to the indictment, 22 optical disks allegedly containing pornographic images were recovered from a bedroom dresser during the search.

Three more disks allegedly were found on a bookshelf in the bedroom. According to the complaint, Mr. Hobson admitted that he has been using the Internet to obtain child pornography for about 12 years and that he possessed about 100 gigabytes of the material.

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