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RAF LAKENHEATH, England — Senior Airman Jeremy S. Parrott knew it was criminal to pay for access to a child pornography Web site, where he searched through hundreds of videos and images of exploited children in sexual acts.

In November 2005, Parrott paid $79.99 for access to a Web site that warned its contents were illegal and that viewers should be discreet about their purchase. He then used the file-sharing network Limewire to download more child porn between October 2006 and March 2007.

The 28-year-old 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airman pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of receiving it.

Military judge (Lt. Col.) Jennifer Cline sentenced Parrott late Wednesday to three years’ confinement, a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank to E-1.

Parrott was nabbed as part of a nationwide investigation by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, dubbed Operation Emissary.

Since late 2005, the operation has arrested more than 260 people who subscribed to the illegal site after the site’s server was discovered under a search warrant in Florida.

Parrott’s computer details were found on the server. He gained entry to the site from his dorm room while stationed at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and later logged onto Limewire at RAF Lakenheath, according to testimony.

After being alerted to his activities, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations questioned Parrott and seized his computer. Of almost 260 questionable files found on the computer, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified at least 24 child victims, according to testimony.

Parrott will be required to register as a sex offender in the States, according to court officials.


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