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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — An airmen received an 18-month prison sentence after a military judge convicted him Thursday of possessing several hundred digital images of child pornography.

Senior Airman Jason Oscar Green, 21, of the 353rd Maintenance Squadron, pleaded guilty to General Article 134 for possessing more than 600 pictures and 10 movies of children posed and engaged in a sexually explicit manner.

According to the law, Green had to be aware that the material he downloaded and possessed included minors.

“I knew they were minors because of their appearance and because of the file names,” Green admitted to the court.

The evidence included images of physically immature children being abused, said prosecuting attorney Capt. Brian Jones.

A video screen showed some of the photos and movies, but it was tilted away from the gallery due to privacy concerns.

However, members of the gallery could hear a shriek come from what Jones later said was a young girl being assaulted in a video file titled “Refuses.”

According to court testimony, in March, Green searched Web sites picturing sex with minors from another airman’s dorm room. The airman noticed the sites in his Web browser history and called the Office of Special Investigations.

When contacted, Green admitted visiting the illicit Web sites from his friend’s room and consented to having his room searched.

Special agents found a disk containing several pornographic images of minors in a Zip drive connected to Green’s laptop. They found more disks in Green’s top desk drawer.

Green said he saved pornography on some of the disks before he joined the Air Force in 2002. He said he deleted most of the illicit pornography on his hard drive before moving to Kadena in 2004 out of shame.

“I felt guilty,” said Green, previously stationed at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. “I knew that what I was doing was wrong and I was trying to correct that.”

He began downloading more child pornography within months of arriving on Okinawa, he later admitted. Forensic analysis recovered the files Green thought he had deleted, said special agent Tarick Harding.

Green used a peer-to-peer file sharing service to download several of the photos. Peer-to-peer services use search terms to readily find different types of files.

When questioned by Judge Lt. Col. Eric Dillow, Green said he searched for files depicting “people under age 18 engaged in explicit conduct.”

The Office of Special Investigations sent the images they recovered to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which matches images to a database of verified victims of child pornography. Three movies and 140 pictures matched victims, Harding said.

In addition to prison time, Green received a reduction in rank to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge. He also must forfeit his pay during the time served.

Asking Dillow to impose prison time, Jones emphasized that Green’s crime is not victimless.

“Those are real young girls who were raped, tortured and abused for the sexual gratification of others,” he said.

Prison time will allow Green, who was promoted rapidly and had received glowing evaluations as an airman, to seek help from psychiatrists, Jones said.

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