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District of Arizona

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Man Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

PHOENIX, Ariz. – On June 24, 2013, Lee David Shropshire, 35, of Mesa, Arizona, who pleaded guilty on March 20, 2013, to one count of Distribution of Child Pornography, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snowto 170 months in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release.  He is also required to register as a sex offender in compliance with federal, state and local laws. 

In January 2010, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center received information from the Australian Federal Police that an individual residing in Arizona was distributing child pornography via a Peer to Peer website.  Through their investigation agents identified the individual as Lee David Shropshire.  In September 2010, agents conducted an interview with Shropshire during which he admitted to having images of child pornography on his computer and distributing these images on the Peer to Peer website.  In total, Special Agents found over 10,000 images and approximately 636 video files containing child pornography.    

The prosecution was handled by Melissa Karlen, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-12-0838-PHX-GMS 
RELEASE NUMBER:     2013-048_Shropshire

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Updated January 7, 2015