A Jasper man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for child pornography.
According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today, Tracy Jay Chappell, 40, of Jasper, pleaded guilty on July 11 to possession of child pornography. His sentence was handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 4, 2011, Chappell was identified through his IP (Internet Protocol) address during an undercover operation targeting child pornography distribution. The IP address had files available for any computer user connected to the internet to access using publicly available file sharing software. A federal search warrant was later executed at Chappell's residence on County Road 136 in Jasper. During the search, a personal computer was seized that contained approximately 1,200 files depicting child pornography. Chappell was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 6, 2013
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
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