A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who pleaded guilty to making and distributing child pornography was sentenced to 17 years in prison by a federal judge Monday.
In addition to the prison term, Arron Burton was sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle.
Burton admitted that he made and distributed online a video of him molesting a 3-year-old relative, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty in January.
Officers found Burton was distributing child pornography online while he was living at JBLM in late 2012. They served search warrants on his computers, and found more than 100 photos and 27 videos of children being sexually exploited.
According to the initial complaint filed by federal prosecutors, Queensland police in Australia made a child pornography arrest in March 2012, and investigation of that suspect’s emails eventually led U.S. authorities to Burton. Investigators found child pornography sent to and from Burton’s email account in October 2012, the complaint said.
When released from prison, Burton will have to register as a sex offender.
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