A federal judge sentenced Fred Joseph Stecher Jr., 29 to nearly 20 years in prison for exchanging child pornography – some of which involved infants and toddlers – with others on the internet. When he completes his sentence, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. The judge also ordered Stecher to pay $55,000 in restitution to 11 victims.techer – who used several online aliases, including “smellyguy1991” and “little_tyke1991” – pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography, which followed a prior conviction for possession of child pornography. During the investigation into Stecher, authorities executed a search warrant on his Yahoo! email account and found 1,263 unique images and 65 unique videos containing child pornography. “Some of the videos and images depicted minor victims under the age of 12 being used for sexual acts, including infants and toddlers.” “Some of the videos and images portrayed sadistic or masochistic sexual conduct, specifically bondage, involving minor children.” Stecher used his Yahoo! email account to distribute the child pornography he obtained on the internet. The sentencing memo notes how Stecher engaged in online chats with other individuals interested in child pornography, discussing the types of children he liked in lurid detail and at times pretending that the children pictured were his own.
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