A Waterville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank announced that Darin Doe, 41, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution. Doe pleaded guilty on July 12, 2017.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, on Nov. 4, 2015, Doe possessed over 7,000 computer files depicting pornographic images of children. Many of the images, which Doe had downloaded purposely from the internet, depicted sexual exploitation of prepubescent girls under the age of 12. Because of a 2002 federal conviction for receiving child pornography, Doe was subject to a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

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