In sentencing a Mansfield man to federal prison Friday for possessing child pornography, a local jurist noted an uptick in such cases.
U.S. District Judge John Jones III said he has recently presided over 26 child pornography cases in the district.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick Martin said there definitely are more cases of this nature being prosecuted, primarily due to to the widespread accessibility of child pornography over the Internet.
As for this particular case, Judge ordered 39 months in federal prison for Randy Colegrove, a native of Blossburg, on a charge of sexual exploitation of minors.
Enforcement agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement determined Colegrove was using a credit card to purchase child pornography through the Internet. Officials seized more than 2,000 images, Jones said, reading court records.
Through his defense attorney, it was determined that Colegrove suffers from a medical illness, amnesia and does not remember buying the pornography.
Colegrove did not disseminate the pornography to others. He admitted to authorities he chatted with some teenagers but went no further.
Colegrave also must follow the terms of the sexual offender registration and be on a 10-year supervised release following his prison term.
Any computer device he uses may be searched at any time with or without a warrant by a law enforcement or probation officer, should there be any suspicion of repeating the crime. Colegrave also is to receive sexual offender treatment by a licensed therapist.
Colegrove will serve his time at a penitentiary that provides medical support for his acute physical illness.