JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

John Charles Stevenson, 46, of Rincon, Ga., was sentenced Tuesday to 7 years in federal prison for receiving videos and images of child pornography over the Internet.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan also ordered Stevenson to serve a 5-year term of supervision and to register as a sex offender after his release. Stevenson pleaded guilty on October 29, 2013, and has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on June 21, 2013.

According to court documents, an agent with the FBI conducted an investigation to identify individuals in Jacksonville who were trading images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. The agent determined that a computer using a particular Jacksonville IP address was hosting child pornography. The agent was able to download several videos of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct from this host computer.

Further investigation revealed that the subscriber information for this IP address resolved to a residence in Jacksonville where Stevenson was living. On January 31, 2013, FBI agents and other officers executed a federal search warrant at this Jacksonville home.

During an interview, Stevenson stated that he had been viewing and downloading child pornography for at least three years. He described his activities with child pornography as “interesting, curious, and novel,” and stated that he downloads and watches child pornography for his “personal use.” Subsequent forensic analysis of Stevenson's two laptop computers seized from the residence revealed that they contained a total of at least 24 videos and 51 images depicting child pornography.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.