North Pole man sentenced to 15 years in child porn case

February 20, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 43-year-old North Pole man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for distribution and receipt of child pornography.

Eric Whitebread also faces 35 years of supervised release.

Federal prosecutors say Whitebread in 2015 distributed files of child pornography through an online file-sharing network.

Investigators seized his computer and found 618 images of child pornography that had been downloaded through the file-sharing network in July and August that year.

Whitebread and others testified at his trial in June that multiple people had access to the computer and its password.

A Fairbanks jury convicted Whitebread in June.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline at sentencing Friday described the evidence as “overwhelming,” commented that Whitebread had attempted to obstruct justice with false testimony and said Whitebread had shown no remorse.

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