Man gets 5 years in prison for receipt of child porn

Author: Christopher Yazbec, News editor, News4Jax.com, cyazbec@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 02 2013 01:11:48 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A 66-year-old Middleburg man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

Robert Hohman was indicted on Oct. 18, 2012. He pleaded guilty Aug. 6.

In December 2010, the FBI initiated an investigation regarding a large volume of child pornography being distributed by a French-based message board. A message board is an online discussion website that allows users to hold conversations via posted messages.

Over the course of this investigation, a customized message board or forum was created, which appeared to be distributing large amounts of child pornography. Further investigation revealed that one of the individuals utilizing the forum was Hohman.

On Aug. 7, 2012, special agents with the FBI conducted a non-custodial interview of Hohman at his job. During the interview, Hohman confessed to registering a specific username and associated email address on the forum. In addition, he admitted that he had been seeking, viewing and downloading child pornography for many years.

During the interview, Hohman gave the FBI consent to search his home computer. A forensic review of Hohman's computer revealed that he downloaded more than a dozen videos and hundreds of images of children, as young as toddlers, involved in sexually explicit conduct with adults.