A Lexington man who had thousands of child pornography videos on his computers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Former UK student Erik A. Hentzen, 26, was sentenced Monday by District Judge Joseph M. Hood, according to a news release.
Authorities traced numerous online child pornography videos to Hentzen's laptop, but because Hentzen had stolen the Internet signal of a neighbor in his apartment complex in downtown Lexington, investigators initially were led to tenants two floors below him.
They later traced the computer to Hentzen's apartment, where they seized multiple computers containing more than 4,000 videos depicting child pornography on March 23, 2013, according to the news release.
Hentzen downloaded the videos, which depicted prepubescent children, between May 2012 to March 2013, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Hentzen will have to serve at least 85 percent of the prison sentence, as required by federal law. He also must serve a lifetime of supervised release after completing his sentence.
The state attorney general's Cyber Crimes Unit and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case, which was prosecuted by the Fort Mitchell branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office.