Charleston airport worker sentenced to 10 years for child porn

(Photo: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)
(Photo: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former Charleston International Airport employee was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for child pornography charges.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles said that 53-year-old Clyde Mitchell of Gaston, NC was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Charleston. United States District Judge Richard Gergel sentenced Mitchell to 120 months imprisonment and lifetime supervised release.

Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that Mitchell was a former employee at the Charleston International Airport.

In November 2010, Mitchell was interviewed by airport police after a coworker retrieved a compact disc from Mitchell's office that contained child pornography.

Based on this report, a search warrant was obtained to search his office and computer.  During a forensic examination, approximately 2,000 images of child pornography were found on Mitchell's computer. Mitchell was previously convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was a registered sex offender during the commission of the child pornography offense.

The case was investigated by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

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