Five-year sentence for man who admitted downloading child porn - Tucson News Now

Five-year sentence for man who admitted downloading child porn

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Sierra Vista man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.  This comes after a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, and the Sierra Vista Police Department.

A federal judge in Tucson sentenced 46-year-old John Robert Stevens III of Sierra Vista to a term of 17 to 64 months in prison.

Stevens pleaded guilty on January 30 to knowingly accessing child pornography with intent to view. Court documents say Stevens knowingly downloaded child pornography in 2011 from the Internet to his personal computer, including many images of children younger than 12 years old, as well as images depicting the sadistic and violent treatment of children.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

Homeland Security encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. 

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