(EVANSVILLE) - A Jackson County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography.
Lance B. Grant, also known as Brandon Grant, 30, was sentenced in U.S. District Court at Evansville.
"He was sentenced to 15 years and to a lifetime supervised release, which is no picnic in itself," U.S. District Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett says.
Federal authorities indicted a Jackson County man on charges of producing and possessing child pornography.
Grant was indicted on one charge of possessing and three charges of producing sexually explicit material involving minors.
Hogsett's office released the indictment which claims investigators found 14 videos and images on a desktop computer taken July 19 from Grant, a Seymour resident.
Grant was arrested July 23 and remained in federal custody, said Mary Bippus, a spokeswoman for Hogsett's office.
According to the indictment, Grant produced sexually explicit images of a girl using a digital camera and his computer between Jan. 22 and June 10 this year.
"Protecting Hoosier children is a top priority of this office, and we take that obligation very seriously," Hogsett say.
He credited the federal Project Safe Childhood team with aiding his office in "identifying and prosecuting anyone who seeks to exploit and victimize young people."
The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force, based in Evansville, as part of the U.S. attorney's ongoing Project Safe Childhood initiative.
Project Safe Childhood uses federal, state and local re¬sources to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims, Hogsett says.
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