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Man, 21, sentenced for receiving child porn over Internet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old Norfolk, Va., was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison and a 15-year term of supervised release for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Peter Johns was also ordered to register as a sex offender and forfeit his computer media. Johns has been in custody since his arrest in October in Norfolk.

According to court documents, while conducting an undercover operation, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent identified an Internet protocol address that was using the Internet to share files depicting child pornography. The investigation later revealed that the Internet service account for this IP address belonged to a home in Jacksonville.

On April 18, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at the home and learned that Johns had previously there in a camper trailer, but had recently moved. During the search of the trailer, agents found a laptop computer that belonged to Johns.

Later that day, agents found and interviewed Johns. During the interview, he said he had lived in the trailer at the home in July 2010, and then again from Thanksgiving 2010 through April 2011. Johns admitted, among other things, to using certain terms and specific ages to search for child pornography using an Internet file sharing program. He said that sometimes after watching the videos, he would realize that what he was doing was wrong and he would delete the files.

Forensic analysis of his laptop computer recovered at least 13 videos and five images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.