BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

A 26-year-old Kingsland man was sentenced Monday 17 and a half years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography.

Thomas Mumford will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to the evidence presented at Mumford's plea and sentencing hearings, in February 2012, Mumford was posting child pornography images on the Internet to be shared with others. When interviewed by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mumford admitted that he had regularly downloaded and viewed child pornography images, and encouraged a young person to livestream a video of themself taking a shower to him.

Mumford's computer was found to contain more than 730 still images and 25 video images of child pornography. At the sentencing hearing, Mumford admitted to having a serious problem and hoped to get treatment while in prison.

"The sharing of images depicting the sexual abuse of innocent children is a serious and heinous crime," United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said in a news release. "The abuse to these young victims continued every time the defendant viewed these images and made them available to others over the Internet. There is no higher priority within the Department of Justice than the protection of our nation's children. There should be no doubt that the United States Attorney's Office will prosecute those who facilitate and create a market for the violent sexual assault of children."