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Air Force sergeant sentenced to 46 months for possessing child pornography

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A U.S. Air Force sergeant was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, as a result of a child pornography investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Henry Jager, 33, who is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base, was sentenced Dec. 13 by U.S. District Judge James O. Browning. Judge Browning also sentenced Jager to a lifetime of supervised release, which includes registering as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

ICE HSI special agents arrested Jager on June 1 after a federal grand jury indicted him for possessing a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Jager pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 10. According to a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, ICE HSI special agents contacted Jager at his residence Sept. 15, 2009 after an investigation revealed that Jager possessed child pornography obtained from the website "www.free6.com."

ICE HSI special agents searched Jager's computers with his consent and found images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Jager admitted he knew the website "www.free6.com" was primarily devoted to child pornography, and acknowledged receiving child pornography from that website for about six months. He also admitted that he began viewing child pornography years earlier.

"Homeland Security Investigations will continue to identify child pornographers, including those who use the Internet to prey and victimize innocent children," said Manuel Oyola-Torres, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in El Paso. "And with the help of our law enforcement partners, we will ensure they are punished to the fullest extent of the law."

Operation Predator is an ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators by calling at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. For more information, visit www.ice.gov.