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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — An Air Force noncommissioned officer assigned to Ramstein Air Base was convicted at a court-martial Tuesday of using an Internet file-sharing service to download child pornography.

A military judge sentenced Staff Sgt. James K. Hannigan to eight months in jail and a reduction to the rank of airman first class, according to Senior Airman Melissa Maraj, a base spokeswoman.

Hannigan, who is assigned to the 435th Civil Engineer Squadron at Ramstein, pleaded guilty at the hearing to wrongfully and knowingly possessing images of minors having sex.

During the court-martial, Hannigan admitted he downloaded six video clips and 23 digital images of child pornography on Jan. 1, 2004, and Aug. 1, 2004, using a peer-to-peer file sharing application known as Kazaa.

A routine child pornography sweep by an Interpol task force in Oslo, Norway, last year tipped off the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to Hannigan’s illegal downloading. The task force used Hannigan’s Internet Protocol address to find him.

Hannigan, who has more than seven years of military service in the Air Force, was living in Vogelweh housing when he downloaded the pornography to his computer.

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