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Berkshire County Man Charged with Possession of Child Porn

BOSTON (WGGB) – A 25-year-old Dalton man has been charged in federal court for distributing child pornography.

Late Monday, Jared Sprague was charged with distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Prosecutors say that October 6, investigators allegedly used a computer program to search for people who were receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography over a peer-to-peer sharing network.

The program was able to download five files of child pornography from allegedly an IP address traced back to a house in Dalton.

Investigators applied for and executed a search warrant on Monday at that home where they found a computer containing several files, including the file files the program was able to download.

Sprague allegedly admitted to authorities during the search that he had downloaded child pornography using that peer-to-peer network.

If convicted, Sprague faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a possible fine of up to $250,000.


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