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DAYTON – John Allen Collins, 53, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison for possessing more than 300 images of child pornography, including some that depicted prepubescent minors being subjected to sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (HSI) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Walter Rice.

According to court testimony, HSI agents received information from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Child Exploitation Coordination Center that someone with a Dayton area Internet connection had been participating in an online forum in 2009 known to be used by people to share child pornography. Further investigation by HSI led to Collins. Agents obtained a search warrant for Collins house and found the images that Collins had downloaded on a computer belonging to him.

Collins was arrested in August 2011 and remained in custody until February 2012 when he was released on electronic monitoring. Collins pleaded guilty on January 31, 2012 to one count of possession of child pornography.

“Collins was also sentenced to remain under court supervision for the rest of his life after he completes his prison term,” Stewart said. “Monitoring the activity of sex offenders is an important element of community safety.”

Stewart commended the cooperation between HSI and Canadian law enforcement, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Tabacchi, who prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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 as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


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