City man gets 5 years for possessing child porn
A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
Timothy Boerger, 48, pleaded guilty to the receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Boerger to 60 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Springmann also ordered Boerger to pay $3,000 in restitution to the victims of the offense.
Boerger was arrested in March 2017 after a standoff with police and federal agents at his home in the 1800 block of Lake Avenue, not far from Lakeside Park.
According to court records, between September 2016 and January 2017, Boerger received images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
An FBI Task Force officer conducting an online investigation of the BitTorrent network for offenders sharing child pornography identified a computer with an internet protocol address that was later determined to be associated with Boerger’s residence, federal authorities said.
The task force officer connected to that IP address was able to download and review a portion of the files Boerger had made available for sharing. The files identified contained images of children under the age of 18 in sexually suggestive poses or engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Many of these images or videos depicted minor girls nude or partially nude, officials said.
Between Nov. 17, 2016, and Jan. 2, 2017, federal agents downloaded 28,633 images and 478 videos from Boerger’s computer, court records said.