Reno resident Eric Blair McCartt was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for producing images of child sexual abuse involving victims under age 12, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
DOJ officials say McCartt, 37, photographed two victims known to him and distributed the images to a chat group dedicated to trading child sexual abuse materials, according to officials.
Authorities say some of the images were posted to the internet and several of the images were found on the computer of someone in another country.
“The production of images of child sexual abuse is heinous and causes incalculable and long-lasting harm to victims,” acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the DOJ Criminal Division said in a news release. “Thanks to the department’s commitment to prosecuting child abusers and the diligent work of our law enforcement partners, McCartt will serve a substantial prison term in a place where he cannot sexually abuse minors.”
McCartt was also ordered to serve a lifetime term of supervised release, pay $6,000 in restitution and forfeit computer equipment used in the violation, according to the DOJ. He will be required to register as a sex offender.
“With this sentencing, we have removed a dangerous child predator from the community and sent a categorical message that we are committed to aggressively investigate anyone who seeks to exploit our most vulnerable population – our children,” said Francis Burrola, special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in Las Vegas.
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