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LEXINGTON, KY - A Lexington man, who made child pornography videos available for download over the internet, has been sentenced to 168 months in federal prison.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced 29 year-old Brett Michael Compton for distribution of child pornography and ordered him to serve 25 years of supervised release following the completion of his prison sentence. Compton is also required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
According to court documents, in October 2011, an undercover law enforcement agent located two online videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Agents later discovered that Compton had posted these videos from his computer. The videos contained images of prepubescent children.
In December of 2011, during the execution of a search warrant, authorities found approximately 60,000 child pornography images on Compton’s home computer.
Under federal law, Compton must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General, jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the Cyber Crimes Unit with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and the FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented in the case by its Fort Mitchell Branch Office.