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District man sentenced to 3 years in prison for possession of child pornography

WASHINGTON – A Washington D.C. man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for possession of child pornography, following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington investigation.

Dustin Metz, 30, pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced in U.S. District Court. Metz will be placed on 10 years of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Between September 2012 and April 2013, Metz possessed child pornography on his personal computer at his residence in D.C. On various dates during that time-frame he used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download to his computer numerous images and videos depicting child pornography and at the same time make those images and videos available for other users of the program to download themselves. Metz viewed the images and videos and then deleted them.

On April 17, HSI with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) executed a search warrant at Metz’s home and seized various items, including two laptop computers. Law enforcement subsequently discovered evidence showing that Metz had possessed child pornography on both of the computers, including at least one video depicting child pornography and remnants of additional video and image files indicative of child pornography.