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Clanton man sentenced to 15 years on child pornography charges

A Clanton man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

Jason Earl Roy, 29, was sentenced to 180 months for receiving child pornography and 120 months for possessing child pornography. The terms will be served concurrently.

Roy will be required to register as a sex offender and will be under lifetime-supervised release following his prison term.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Roy, who pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. Roy was indicted in December 2008.

According to the plea agreement, Roy received and possessed images of child pornography using the Internet. Law enforcement recovered the images during the execution of a search warrant.

His computer contained thousands of images of child pornography, depicting children as young as 18 months of age, as well as sadism, masochism, and bestiality, prosecutors said.

“This office will strenuously pursue the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children,” Interim United States Attorney Joyce White Vance said. “Our goal is to uncloak the anonymity that the Internet provides to those who traffic in child pornography and bring them to justice. I’m proud of the work of the FBI and Assistant United States Attorney Daniel J. Fortune.”

Acting Special Agent in Charge Charles E. Regan of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the Internet has a dark side that is exploited by predators.

“I would remind every parent to continue to be vigilant in monitoring their children’s online activity for their own protection,” Regan said.