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Online Child Pornographer Sentenced

A 23-year-old resident of Waterville, Maine, was sentenced to more than five years in prison Friday for distributing child pornography over the Internet.

According to the Department of Justice, the child pornography involved was produced through the use of actual minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The material was allegedly a visual depiction of such conduct.

In addition to 62 months in jail, Zachary John Nielson Gimpel faces supervised release for life after he leaves prison.

Gimpel was arrested on March 25, 2005, in Portland, Maine, after he sent child pornography over the Internet to an undercover Secret Service agent in the District of Columbia on April 30, 2004.

According to the government's evidence, Gimpel "transported" the child pornography by operating his mother's computer as a file server, which allowed selected files to be downloaded by the public and allowed the public to upload files to that computer.

Gimpel also advertised on the "100%preteengirlsexpics" Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel. He allegedly made available to the public a collection of thousands of images and movie files of child pornography and erotic depictions of children.

"By disseminating child pornography, this defendant and other miscreants like him inflict lasting damage to the physical and emotional well-being of the child victims," U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Kenneth L. Wainstein said in a statement.

"They also contribute to the deviance of those who download and view their materials."