Man sentenced to about six years in child porn case

Brian S. Fellman, who lived in College Place, pleaded guilty in July in connection with his 2009 arrest.

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SPOKANE -- A man who lived in College Place has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years and 10 months in prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Brian S. Fellman, 32, also will be under court supervision for five years after his release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation began in 2009 when the FBI in Maryland discovered a computer operating online offering to share thousands of child pornography images. Officials tracked the computer to a house in College Place where Fellman lived, the news release says.

A federal search warrant was executed at the residence July 27, 2009. Agents reportedly seized one computer, one external hard drive and numerous digital storage devices that contained thousands of images and videos of child pornography collected from the Internet.

Fellman was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 1, 2009, and pleaded guilty July 19 to receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a prepared statement, "Our youth have been manipulated, victimized and traumatized by sexual predators. Their images have been stolen and will forever be traded over the Internet. Our dedicated law enforcement officers are to be commended for reaching across the country to make this community safer."

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and prosecuted by Stephanie Lister, assistant U.S. attorney.

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