A State College man’s child pornography possession has landed him in federal prison.
Alexander Pringle, 33, pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography — an admission to possessing more than 111,000 images, according to PennLive.
The sentence handed down Tuesday by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann was less than half the possible time Pringle could have been ordered to be incarcerated in federal prison. Brann ordered Pringle to nine years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, though the maximum prison sentence allowed was 20 years.
Pringle was indicted Nov. 10, 2016 and was placed on house arrest. In January 2017, Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle revoked that house arrest and ordered detention after Pringle violated the terms of his release pending trial by using Facebook for messaging.
The charges stemmed from evidence that he distributed at least one image of minors — some younger than 12 years old — engaged in sexual acts between June 30, 2010, and April 29, 2011, according to court documents.
Pringle initially entered a not guilty plea, though a plea agreement was filed Aug. 29 in U.S. Middle District Court.
Six victims who were identified in the Pringle’s collection of images submitted claims for restitution, and agreement was made that each would receive $3,000. Pringle also could have been ordered to pay a $250,000 fine as a part of his sentence.
Pringle must follow all sex offender registration requirements under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He will also forfeit computer equipment.
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