Safford man sentenced to 17 years in child pornography case

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TUCSON – Wayne Harold Montierth, 54, was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in a federal prison by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto for possession and distribution of child pornography.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated a jury found Montierth guilty of four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Upon release, Montierth will be placed on lifetime sexual offender probation and must register as a sex offender.

The conviction came about from an investigation by the FBI in 2015 that learned Montierth had been distributing sexually explicit imagines of children via online file-sharing software. Agents reportedly found thousands of child pornography images on Montierth’s computer. Judge Soto said Montierth had engaged in an ongoing pattern of abusing children.