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Federal Judge Sentences Bessemer Man to 70 Months in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

March 22 , 2012

BIRMINGHAM – U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon today sentenced a Bessemer man and former Children’s Hospital of Alabama employee to nearly six years in prison for possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

            Kallon sentenced DAVID SCOTT BURTON, 39, to five years and 10 months in prison and ordered that he remain on supervised release for the rest of his life after completing his prison sentence.

Burton, who worked as an X-ray technician at Children’s for about eight years, was indicted in October and pleaded guilty in January to one count of possession of child pornography. Burton was fired from Children’s after the case came to light. Police searched Burton’s home and arrested him in September after finding images of child pornography on computer equipment at his home.

            According to court documents, the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated Burton after a computer, traced to his residence, was identified as distributing child pornography over the Internet from a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. The child pornography found on Burton’s computer included images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

            This case was investigated by the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and included the Hoover and Vestavia Hills police departments, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Alabama District Attorney’s Association, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Fortune prosecuted the case.





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