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Man, 58, sentenced for receiving child porn

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 58-year-old Fleming Island man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years and eight months in federal prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Jimmy Holmes was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervision following his release from prison, and to register as a sex offender.

Holmes pleaded guilty on Jan. 28 and has been in custody since his arrest on Sept. 24. At the time of his arrest, Holmes told agents that he worked at the Barco-Newton YMCA in Fleming Island, where he taught sports to children.

According to court documents, an FBI agent in Jacksonville began an investigation to identify individuals who had access to and/or were trading images and videos depicting child pornography over the Internet. Using specialized software, the agent determined that a host computer in the Jacksonville area was hosting images of child pornography using a particular peer-to-peer file sharing program.

The agent made successful connections to the host computer through the Internet and downloaded several video files directly from the host computer that depicted child pornography. Further investigation traced the subscriber information to Holmes's home in Fleming Island.

On Sept. 24, FBI agents and other officers executed a search warrant at the home and seized, among other things, several computers and other items of electronic media. Holmes was there and told the agents, among other things, that he knew that child pornography was illegally and that recently he was downloading and watching child pornography two or three times per week.

Subsequent analysis of Holmes's computer media revealed that it contained a total of 203 videos and 247 images depicting young children being sexually abused.