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Athens County man sentenced for receiving child pornography

James R. Harrah was sentenced to 5 years in prison for receiving child pornography (Courtesy: MGN)

COLUMBUS -- An Athens County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for child porn charges.

US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio sentenced James R, Harrah to 5 years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Harrah was also sentenced to 15 years of supervised released where his cell phone and computer activity will be monitored and reviewed.

According to court documents, the FBI received information passed along by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children cyber tipline that child pornography had been uploaded through a Gmail account.

Investigators linked Harrah to the account by IP addresses and his phone number. A social media account attributed to Harrah used the name “I Luvem Yung” and had the description “Luv girls 10-15 if you in Ohio Hmu if U wanna play…let’s make a baby.”

Law enforcement did a forensic examination of Harrah's phone and found more than 500 images and 80 videos of child pornography. From those files, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children determined that at least 14 identified child victims were depicted.

“The files recovered in this case confirm that child pornography is not a victimless crime,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “These were missing child victims who had been sexually abused, and Harrah’s receipt of images of that abuse warrants the sentence he received today.”

The sentenced was announced by Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Westerville Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer and other members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

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