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Sailor sentenced to 30 years for making child porn

By ANDY KRAVETZ | Journal Star, Peoria, Ill. | Published: February 29, 2020

PEORIA, Ill. (Tribune News Service) — A Bloomington man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography

Tyler Watson, 21, had pleaded guilty in August in Peoria's federal court to two counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to court records, Watson came to the attention of the Bloomington Police Department while home on leave from active duty in the U.S. Navy. Information from an acquaintance of Watson's led police officers to discover sexually explicit pictures Watson had taken of a 6-year-old boy on Watson's cellphone, as well as other child pornography images.

Watson was subsequently interrogated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and admitted to possessing, distributing and producing child pornography.

A forensic examination of his electronic media subsequently revealed that he had communicated with and received sexually explicit images from other minors via the internet.

He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. U.S. District Judge James Shadid also imposed a lifetime term of supervised release, similar to parole, to be served after Watson's released from custody.

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