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Denver Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Porn

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DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver man has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado, Jon Christopher Baker, 33, of Denver, received the maximum possible sentence on Tuesday. He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release.

“According to court documents, on Feb. 21, 2012, an FBI special agent working on an Innocent Images Operations Unit in Maryland in an undercover capacity came across a person using a peer-to-peer file sharing program,” U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Dorschner said in a statement. “The person was sharing two folders containing approximately 23,865 files, or about 99.7 gigabytes.”

The files contained child pornography and the FBI was able to identify the source as Baker, who had previously been found guilty of sexual exploitation of a child in 1998 in Colorado Springs.

“Testimony at the sentencing hearing demonstrated that the defendant also solicited at least 25 minor boys online by posing as a minor girl,” Dorschner said.

“Baker helped countless other people view and download child pornography,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said. “He sexually exploited children for his own and others’ gratification. Given his prior conviction for similar conduct, Baker will be in federal prison until he’s in his 70s, and he deserves every minute of it.”

Additional Information From The United States Attorney’s Office

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit projectsafechildhood.gov

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