Convicted sex offender gets 10 years in prison for viewing child porn

Convicted sex offender gets 10 years in prison for viewing child porn

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 10 years in prison for viewing child porn.

US Attorney Bill Nettles announced that 43-year-old Horace Leon Crosby Jr. of Johns Island was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for accessing with intent to view child pornography.

Judge Richard M. Gergel sentenced Crosby to 120 months and a lifetime of supervised release.

Prosecutors say the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in Charleston started an investigation into a Peer to Peer internet software user using an IP address on Johns Island.

According to authorities, in April 2013, undercover ICE-HSI agents were able to determine that the P2P user's shared folder had listed multiple files with titles indicative of child pornography.

"Further investigation revealed that Crosby was the internet subscriber and P2P user for the IP address," government officials said.

On June 20, 2013, ICE-HSI agents and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Crosby's residence and his computer was seized. 

"During the execution of the search warrant, Crosby was interviewed and admitted to accessing the internet to view child pornography," authorities said."He said he would search for child pornography, open the images, view them, and delete them."

According to authorities, there were at least 135 images and six videos of child pornography on Crosby's computer.

Further investigation revealed that Crosby was convicted in state court in South Carolina in 1990 and 1996 for committing lewd acts on minors.

Authorities say those prior convictions increased the penalties faced by Crosby in this child pornography case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Led by the United States Attorney's Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

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