Lincolnton man sentenced on child pornography charges | Crime
A Lincolnton man was sentenced Wednesday in child pornography case that began in 2010, according to the United States Attorny's Office.
James Paul Byrd, 40, of Lincolnton, North Carolina was sentenced to serve 87 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Voorhees also ordered Byrd to register as a sex offender following his release from prison.
In November 2010, a federal indictment charged Byrd with conspiracy to distribute and possess child pornography and distribution of child pornography. Byrd plead guilty to the charges in July 2011, and has been in local Federal custody since.
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, Byrd engaged in a conspiracy with other people to share child pornography on Facebook. Court records indicate that Byrd was a member of several Facebook groups dedicated to sharing child pornography. These groups contained thousands of images of child pornography.
In August 2010, agents with the FBI executed a search warrant at Byrd’s residence and seized multiple computers and storage media, and found hundreds of images of child pornography on them, according to the official release.
Byrd will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a facility.
Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
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