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U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced a Lusby man to six years in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Shawn F. Crawford, 48, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to possessing and distributing child pornography.

Crawford was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised probation, and he will also be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee and where he is a student under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a press release.

According to his plea agreement, on July 25, 2012, Crawford distributed six images and 16 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the press release states. Following its investigation, the FBI executed a search warrant at Crawford’s home on Sept. 18, 2012, and seized computers and other digital media containing about 4,700 images and 1,100 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including children younger than the age of 12.

The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force with members from 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies, according to the press release. The task force coordinates with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit to identify missing and abused children.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.

KATIE FITZPATRICK