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Wisconsin man receives prison sentence for internet crime

A police raid on a Madison, Wisconsin man's home in 2003 produced evidence that he had been jamming police radios. Authorities seized the man's computer during the raid and discovered deeply encrypted files that took police years to decode. The files were eventually cracked and found to contain underage pornography.

The raid in 2003 resulted in charges surrounding the radio jamming. He was convicted and sentenced to 8 years in a federal prison. But upon completing that prison sentence, he was back in court to face charges of underage pornography.

Some of the internet crime pictures that were uncovered in the man's photo files were taken when the man was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The subject of the photographs was his younger girlfriend; she was sixteen at the time. The man insisted the photos that investigators found were not his property.

He was convicted of possession of underage pornography and sexually exploiting a minor and was sentenced to another 6-1/2 years in federal prison. The judge in the case felt that although the computer files were used as evidence in the man's first conviction, the pictures that were subsequently found by decryption were enough to bring new charges against him that carried a separate and distinct punishment.

Being convicted of possession of underage pornography is a serious matter and can result in significant penalties. Even after this man serves his sentence, he will face more challenges when released. He may have difficulty finding employment and may suffer permanent damage to his reputation among his friends and colleagues.

Source: The Wisconsin State Journal online, "Police radio jammer sentenced for child porn," Ed Treleven, 29 April 2011

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