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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 22, 2016

Pike County Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

       Montgomery, Alabama – Douglas Edward Hale ,39, a resident of Troy, Alabama, was sentenced Thursday, July 21, 2016, to 210 months (17 ½ years) in federal prison for receipt of child pornography, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. 

       Hale had previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on March 11, 2016.  A receipt of child pornography charge carries a 240 month maximum sentence.

       The charge stemmed from Hale’s collection of child pornography that contained images of child sexual abuse.  Images on Hale’s computer were sent to him by a victim that the he knew was under the age of 18.  Evidence further showed that Hale requested the images from the victim despite the knowledge of the victim’s age. 

       In addition to the 210 months, Chief United States District Judge Joel F. Dubina ordered that Hale be supervised for life following his release from federal prison.  Hale remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending placement by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

       This case was investigated by Troy Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Hollie Worley prosecuted the case.

Updated July 22, 2016