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Morgan County Man Sentenced To 6.5 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Morgan County Man to more than six years in prison for possessing child pornography obtained over the Internet, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr.

WALTER SCOTT SIMPSON, 42, of Danville, pleaded guilty in July to one count of possessing child pornography. U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Simpson to 6 1/2 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release. The judge ordered Simpson into custody following the hearing.

Simpson used the Internet and a peer-to-peer file-sharing software program to possess and access images of child pornography between January 2011 and May 2012, according to his plea agreement with the government. A sentencing document the government filed Tuesday states Simpson used his computer, the Internet and the file-sharing program to possess at least 25,443 images of child pornography, which included images of children under 12 years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and images depicting sadistic and masochistic conduct with prepubescent children.

Undercover law enforcement officers received child pornography in January 2012 from a computer using peer-to-peer software, according to Simpson's plea agreement. The FBI tracked the computer to Simpson's Danville residence, where agents executed a search warrant for computer media in May 2012 and found the child pornography, the plea agreement states.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune prosecuted.

Updated March 19, 2015