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Eastern District of Kentucky

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Frankfort Man Sentenced To 87 Months For Receiving Child Pornography

FRANKFORT, KY - A Franklin County man, who previously admitted to downloading numerous images of child pornography, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced 43-year-old Dennis Hodge for receipt of child pornography. Under federal law, Hodge must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be on supervised release for 20 years following the completion of his prison term.

Hodge admitted, during his guilty plea in October 2013, that he downloaded more than 100 images of child pornography using a computer at his Frankfort home. According to the plea agreement, the images depicted children, under 12 years of age, engaged in sexually explicit conduct and many were considered sadistic and violent in nature.

In October 2011, Kentucky State Police seized Hodge’s computer during the execution of a search warrant. Agents later performed a forensic examination of the computer and discovered the child pornography images.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Perrye K. Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the sentence today.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Kentucky State Police. This case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fort Mitchell, KY.

Updated November 25, 2015