Phoenix man gets 170 years in child porn case - CBS46 News

Phoenix man gets 170 years in child porn case

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John Landrum Jr., 55, was given 17 years for each of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for which he was convicted the week of March 23. (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) John Landrum Jr., 55, was given 17 years for each of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for which he was convicted the week of March 23. (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A west Phoenix man who worked with the homeless was sentenced to 170 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

John Landrum Jr., 55, was given 17 years for each of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for which he was convicted the week of March 23. Judge Harriet Chaves said the terms would be served consecutively.

"The actions of this defendant are as disturbing as they are dangerous given the multiple innocent children who were victimized in such an unspeakable manner to produce the material found in his possession and who have been identified as known victims by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

He said the severity of the sentencing was buttressed by a study done at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina that found a strong link between viewing child pornography and sexual abuse of children.

Montgomery said had Landrum actually committed any of the sex acts portrayed in the pornography he possessed, he would have been sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms.

Phoenix police detectives from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said they found hundreds of files containing videos and photos on Landrum's home computer in January of 2012.

Landrum's arrest came as a result of a Phoenix Police Department investigation into online trafficking of child pornography that began in November 2011. They traced an IP address of a computer that contained files depicting minors having sex to Landrum's home.

Detectives said they noticed that the specific computer continued to acquire similar files over the next several weeks.

On Jan. 4, 2012, detectives served a search warrant at his home. They said Landrum answered the door naked and that a computer in his bedroom was running a file-sharing program searching for child pornography. The computer was later found to contain multiple images of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A grand jury indicted Landrum a week later on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a class 2 felony, and dangerous crimes against children.

He was convicted after a 17-day trial.

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