COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison without parole on Thursday for possessing child pornography.
Norman Leroy Troxel, 46, pleaded guilty on Jan. 18, 2012, to possessing child pornography, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. He admitted he had possessed the material from Dec. 19, 2009, to June 17, 2010.
Law enforcement officers started an investigation in May 2010, after a man who was repairing Troxel's computer found suspected videos of child pornography. The man notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to a previous Missourian article.
Officers examined Troxel's computer and identified 31 of the 79 videos of children were child pornography and found 192 photographs of children, several of which were considered child erotica, according to the news release.
Additionally, when law enforcement officers searched Troxel's home, they found a Sony camcorder and a videotape. The hour and a half videotape was a recording of his television displaying images and videos of children as young as three years old being sexually molested.
Troxel's case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to stop child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to the release.
The Department of Justice established the program in May 2006. The United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's of Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section gives Project Safe Childhood the resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children while also rescuing and identifying victims.
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