Hundreds of the images Shawn M. Mahoney received and passed on to other Internet users included the sexual abuse of pre-pubescent girls as young as two and four-years-old.
“The images included pictures of real children, identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” according to statement of facts in his case.
U.S. District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton sentenced Mahoney, 37 of Arlington, on Friday, June 5 to 70 months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.
Mahoney, who pled guilty in February, will remain under court supervision for 15 years and will be required to register as a sex offender in any area where he lives, works or attends school.
During several chats with undercover officers on an Internet chat room and file-sharing program, Mahoney sent child pornography to an ICE undercover agent, according to Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James Dinkins, of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
When officers searched Mahoney’s house and computer, they discovered that Mahoney received thousands of images of child pornography during dozens of chat sessions with other users of the file-sharing program.
Arlington County Police Department investigated the case with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Eisinger and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCormack, on detail from the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, prosecuted the case.