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Former west Texas man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A former local resident swas sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison and a 10-year term of supervised release for possessing child pornography.

This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Lubbock Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, investigated this case.

U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ordered that Miles Robert Flinn, 26, formerly of Lubbock, Texas, who presently resides in Bradenton, Fla., surrender to the Bureau of Prisons April 26.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, while living in Lubbock, Flinn used a computer file-sharing program in his residence to download images and videos from the Internet, including child pornography. Child pornography was discovered on his computer hard drive July 26, 2011. He pleaded guilty plea to the charge in November 2012.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI 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. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.