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Valparaiso man sentenced to nine years in child porn case

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A Valparaiso man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to receipt of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Mark Alan Smith, 44--with a listed address on Tuckahoe Park Drive--was sentenced last week to 108 months in prison and to 15 years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Marc Rochon, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in March 2010 the Child Exploitation Section of the ICE Cyber Crimes Center was advised by Italian law enforcement of a website suspected of offering access to child pornographic images. On the same day an ICE agent in Fairfaix, Va., accessed the website--domain name: liberalmorality.com--where he found pages within the site allowing visitors to post their own images. “Many of the images” so posted appeared “to depict actual minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” Rochon stated.

In April 2010 a federal search warrant was executed at the business owning the domain name liberalmorality.com, located in Chesterbrook, Pa., and seized web access logs listed IP addresses for computers accessing particular files on the website, Rochon stated. Those logs showed a particular IP address for a computer which had “obtained numerous visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” Rochon stated, and in August 2010, an administrative subpoena was served on Comcast Cable Communications to obtain subscriber information for that IP address.

In July 2011 a search warrant was executed at the billing address for that IP address, Smith’s residence, and two computers in the home were seized. “An on-scene forensic examination was conducted” on one of the computers, used chiefly by Smith, and on “a 2-terabyte external hard drive connected to that computer thousands of images and videos were found which appear to depict actual minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” Rochon stated.

Investigators determined that Smith had received over 400,000 images and over 1,500 videos depicting minor children being sexually exploited and abused, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

 

 

Posted 3/3/2014