A Fayetteville man has been sentenced to 18 years and one month in federal prison for downloading child pornography, U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced.
Michael Whitehead, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography on Dec. 5 after police found more than 10,000 images of child pornography on his computer, Eldridge said. He was sentenced Thursday before U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren in Fayetteville to a term that also included 10 years of supervised release.
Whitehead admitted to possessing and viewing the images and said he knew his files were available for downloading via a peer-to-peer network, Eldridge said.
"In this case, the sheer number of images is extremely disturbing, since each image represents the victimization of a child," Eldridge said. "These children will forever be victimized by these images. The defendant was brought to justice, and we will work even more aggressively to prosecute these types of cases to the fullest extent of the law."
The Fayetteville Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace Taylor was the prosecutor for the United States.