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Evansville man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child porn

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An Evansville man is sentenced to ten years in prison on child porn charges.

United States Attorney Joseph Hogsett announced Friday that 58-year-old Benjamin David Thomas had been sentenced to 120 months in prison after admitting that he accessed and intended to view sexually-explicit material involving minors.

"The great tragedy is that every time these horrific images and videos are viewed, the child victims are exploited all over again," Hogsett said. "That's why we've teamed up with our federal and local partners with Operation Community Watch to impose a zero-tolerance policy on this type of criminal behavior."

Authorities say after his arrest, Thomas admitted to law enforcement that he viewed images depicting actual minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct using his home computer. Forensic analysis revealed that the computer had been used to browse various web sites that displayed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Officials say Thomas is a registered sex offender with a 1997 multi-count conviction for child molestation against a female child.

The U.S. Attorney's office says the judge in the case also imposed a lifetime term of federally-supervised release on Thomas, to be served at the end of his prison term.

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