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Man gets lengthy sentence for distributing child pornography

March 7, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who shared sexually explicit photos and videos of children online has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Thomas Leonard received a 97-month sentence Tuesday. He also will have to serve five years of supervised release once he’s freed from prison.

The 36-year-old Elizabeth man had pleaded guilty last September to distributing child pornography.

Federal prosecutors say Leonard used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to obtain and distribute the images and videos of children engaged in sexual acts.

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