EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A former postmaster at the Elberfeld, Indiana, Post Office branch who used the Internet handle “olddawg,” was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison Friday on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Floyd M. Thompson, 60, of Evansville, pleaded guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court in July, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.
Thompson will also be required to register as a sex offender and spend rest of life on supervised release after prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, law enforcement officers found thousands of images and videos of girls between the ages of three and 12 years old on computers seized from Thompson’s house.
However, no evidence was found that Thompson used his U.S. Postal Service position or resources to build his child pornography collection.
An investigation of child pornography sharing on an open source public file sharing network led investitagors to focus on Thompson. Such networks allow computer users with similar file sharing software to connect with each other and directly access files from other users’ computers.
The officer was able to link to a computer that was sharing 14 suspected child pornography files and to download two of them and the computer’s Internet-provider address was traced to Thompson, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
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