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Sentencing in Lexington child-porn case

A Lexington man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District court to 30 years in prison on child pornography charges.

David Martin Allen, 37, pleaded guilty in September to charges of production and possession of child pornography. Investigators found between 40,000 and 50,000 photographs and more than 2,000 videos that depicted the sexual abuse of children, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

"I can't apologize enough for my actions," Allen said during his sentencing.

Allen also produced about 40 of the photographs, which were taken inside of his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Allen forfeited the car, digital camera and computer as part of his sentence.

"Mr. Allen is every parent's worst nightmare," Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins said during Friday's proceedings. "The ones that will truly suffer will be those that Mr. Allen victimized. The families of the victims consider what happened a lifetime sentence for them."

Allen told authorities that he received some of his child pornography images from former roommate Joseph Robert Leitner of Lexington. Leitner, 62, was sentenced in October to more than 15 years in prison and had to forfeit his Chevy Chase home after he pleaded guilty to one charge of receiving child pornography.

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