A Lexington man who admitted downloading child pornography over the Internet has been sentenced in federal court to 81/2 years in prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey's office.
U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced Jason Daniel Meade, 33, Thursday in Lexington. Meade's sentence for receiving child pornography was extended because many of the images included children 12 and younger, and some were sadistic and violent in nature, the news release said.
In addition to a 103-month prison term, Caldwell ordered that Meade be on probation for the rest of his life.
According to court documents, Meade downloaded hundreds of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the news release said. In September 2011, undercover investigators identified a Lexington computer offering child pornography for downloading. Authorities traced the location of the computer to a locked room that Meade kept at his mother's home.
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During a search of the home, investigators found images of child pornography on two computers and a compact disc, the release said.
Under federal law, Meade must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence and must register as a sex offender when he is released.