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Harmar man, 56, sentenced to nearly 5 years in federal prison for child pornography

Emily Balser
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

A Harmar man has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison on a child pornography charge, federal officials announced Tuesday.

Michael Allen Sanders, 56, was sentenced in federal court Monday by U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose.

In a press release, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song said Sanders possessed, accessed and viewed computer images involving minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the children were less than 12 years old.

Following the prison sentence, Sanders will be under five years of supervised release.

He was charged with possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted the case.

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.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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