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Child porn nets man, Age 71, for 14 years

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Seventy-one-year-old Franklin Eugene Gilmer of Leesburg has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison for possessing more than 5,000 images of child pornography on his home computers.

Gilmer was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography. The sentence must be served in its entirety; there is no parole in the federal prison system. Gilmer was arrested at his Stock’s Dairy Road home in October 2007.

In his plea agreement, Gilmer admitted that he had knowingly downloaded child pornography from the internet onto his personal computers. The investigation began when law enforcement officers in Florida identified Gilmer’s computer as one from which images of child pornography could be accessed via a peer to peer file sharing network.

Agents seized Gilmer’s personal computers on two separate occasions. Forensic analysis of Gilmer’s computer hard drives revealed more than 5,000 images of child pornography.

G.F. Peterman III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said that “the United States Attorney’s Office is dedicated to prosecuting all persons involved in the sexual exploitation of children to the fullest extent of the law.”

Assistant United States Attorney K. Alan Dasher prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service.

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