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Iron Station man sentenced in federal court for child pornography

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
A Lincoln County man will spend at least the next 16 years behind bars for using more than one Internet account to distribute child pornography, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in the state’s Western District said.
Christopher Steven Johnson, 38, of Iron Station encouraged young children to take sexually explicit pictures of themselves so he could share the material through an online peer-to-peer network using multiple accounts such as “luvyounger74″ and “yeahright9774,” according to an agency press release.
A federal grand jury indicted Johnson on two counts of production of child pornography, three counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in April 2011, a month after officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched his residence and located more than 4,000 images and more than 120 videos filled with the explicit material, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
He pleaded guilty to all charges in August 2011.
The release revealed details from the indictment about how Johnson “did employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct” and secretly recorded a young girl multiple times.
Johnson received his 198-month sentence on Monday, without the possibility of parole, and is expected to additionally undergo supervised release following his prison term.
He’s been locked up since his arrest last year and will soon be placed into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the release said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cortney Escaravage of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte served as lead prosecutor in the case.

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