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Marshall County, Kentucky Man Sentenced To 190 Months In Prison For Violating Federal Child Exploitation Laws

September 11, 2012

PADUCAH, Ky. – U.S. Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell sentenced a Marshall County, Kentucky man yesterday, to 190 months in prison, followed by a ten-year term of supervised release and ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $5,000 to a victim, for violating federal child exploitation laws announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

On September 13, 2011 a federal grand jury in Paducah, Kentucky returned a five-count indictment against James Todd Hill, age 44, charging him with distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. The indictment was unsealed on September 19, 2011 following the arrest and first appearance of Hill before U.S. Magistrate Judge W. David King. Hill pled guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court on February 28, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, on June 9, 2009 and December 10, 2010 the defendant accessed the Internet on his home computer, located in Marshall County, Kentucky, and utilizing peer-to-peer file sharing software knowingly received images of child pornography, as that term is defined under federal law. On March 21, 2011, by means of the file-sharing program, the defendant made child pornography available which was distributed through the Internet. On March 30, 2011 the defendant knowingly possessed different images of child pornography that he had received through the Internet.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Sparks and was investigated by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office Department of Criminal Investigations and the Marshall County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

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