More than 111,000 #child porn #images gets man 9 years in jail, 10 years #probation

WILLIAMSPORT — A State College man will be under court supervision for 19 years for possessing more than 111,000 images of child pornography on computers and hard drives.

Alexander M. Pringle, 33, of State College, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann to nine years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

While on probation he must abide by the sexual offender registration requirements in the state where he lives and participate in mental health and drug and alcohol treatment programs.

Brann noted Pringle had been treated for anxiety and in 2013 attempted to commit suicide.

Pringle, while under court jurisdiction, may not consume alcohol, possess any form of pornography, contact children without his probation officer’s approval and go to places where children may be such as schools, parks and playgrounds.

A monitoring device will be placed on his computers and he must allow unannounced searches of the devices.

The judge also ordered him to undergo lie detector tests to insure he is in compliance with terms of his supervised release.

Pringle pleaded guilty in September to a charge of distribution of child pornography.

Defense attorney Kyle W. Rude attributed alcohol abuse to his client’s involvement with child pornography and Facebook posts following his arraignment that led to revocation of his house arrest.

Those posts included an affinity for ISIS, a stated interest in minors and what were perceived as threats against an FBI agent and his two children.

Pringle apologized for saying things on Facebook “that were stupid.” He said he did not intend to harm anyone.

“If I lose, everyone is going to lose hard” and “if I go down, everyone goes down” were two of the postings Brann cited.

The child pornography images were discovered in 2010 when an FBI agent logged into a file-sharing program and again in 2011 when Pringle’s home was searched.

The images depicted bondage and minors engaged in sexual activity some with adults, Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur said.

“Pictures he looked at were made to fuel his appetite,” the prosecutor said in seeking a sentence of up to 20 years.

Six of the children identified in the images requested restitution and the judge ordered Pringle to pay each $3,000.

The government’s motion to seize the computers on which the child pornography was found was granted.