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Kentucky man sentenced to 5 years in prison for receiving child pornography

OWENSBORO, Ky. - A 62-year-old local resident was sentenced here Monday to five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. This prison sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

James McGan, of 9129 Martin Road, Henderson, Ky., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. to five years imprisonment for receiving child pornography, which includes three years of supervised release following his incarceration. McGan had previously pleaded guilty to the charges on April 14.

McGan admitted that in October 2006 he received child pornography via the Internet and that he used a website to pay for online child pornography purchases. McGan stated he had purchased pornography that contained pictures of girls aged 12 to 13 years old. He said he used his personal and separate bank account without his wife's knowledge.

ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at McGan's residence on Nov. 30, 2007. During the execution of the warrant ICE agents seized a computer. A forensic analysis of the hard disk drive from McGan's computer revealed numerous child pornographic files.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Ford, Western District of Kentucky, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide 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. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,000 individuals nationwide.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or www.cybertipline.com.