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Retired N Carolina Airman gets 15 years for child porn

May 3, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for child porn possession.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Thursday that 77-year-old Paul Delavan Knoke was also ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release. Knoke admitted to sexually abusing at least eight children and pleaded guilty in August to receiving, possessing and distributing child porn.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office release says Knoke also admitted to sexually abusing at least eight minors entrusted in his care at various times for more than three decades. It says law enforcement learned in 2017 that Knoke was watching child porn online and a search of his home uncovered “an extensive collection.”

Knoke has been in custody since June 2018.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com