Christopher Eric Alexander

Christopher Eric Alexander

ASHEVILLE — A Valdese man was sentenced on child pornography charges in federal court on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Christopher Eric Alexander, 42, of Valdese, to 7.5 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receiving child pornography, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Judge Reidinger also ordered Alexander to register as a sex offender following his release from prison.

According to court documents and information introduced at the sentencing hearing, law enforcement became aware that a person in Burke County, later identified as Alexander, was using a file-sharing website to receive child pornography, said a release from the U.S. Department of Justice Western District.

Through the investigation, law enforcement determined that between May 24, 2017, and April 15, 2018, Alexander received and possessed a total of 34 videos and 419 images of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sadistic and masochistic conduct with adults. Alexander also admitted distributing child pornography through the file-sharing service, the release said.

On Oct. 5, 2018, Alexander pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. He is currently being held as a federal prisoner in the Buncombe County Jail and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons when a facility is determined. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole, the release said.

The investigation was handled by the FBI. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, according to the release. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims, according to the release.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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