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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lexington Resident Sentenced to 78 Months for Receiving Thousands of Images of Child Pornography

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Lexington man, who was convicted earlier this year of receiving thousands of child pornography images, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison.

Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell sentenced Xiang Wang, 32, for receipt of child pornography, and ordered him to serve 10 years of supervised release following the completion of his sentence.  Under federal law, Wang will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

Wang previously admitted to possessing a computer that contained approximately 7,900 images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation started in September of 2015, when an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Officer identified an internet user who was making child pornography pictures and videos available for download on the internet.  The detective discovered the user was Wang.  In December of 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Wang’s residence and seized a computer and two external hard drives that contained the child pornography. 

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; James M. Gibbons, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations; and Richard W. Sanders, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS and the Kentucky State Police’s Electronic Crime Branch.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

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Updated November 14, 2016