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Grand Junction man gets 17 years for child porn distribution

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DENVER — A Grand Junction man was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison last week for the distribution of child pornography, officials announced Thursday.

James Boblett, 34, was also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore to serve 10 years on supervised release after he serves his sentence.

Boblett was charged in October and pled guilty in December. He was sentenced March 13. At the change of plea hearing, Boblett admitted to distributing child pornography.

Officials say from July 2011 to February 2012, Boblett talked online with an undercover police officer who was posing a divorced mother with minor daughters. Boblett then distributed more than 50 photos and 20 videos of child pornography to the officer, including a video of pornography depicting a 3-year-old.

Boblett also sent the officer a sexually explicit image of a 13-year-old minor child. It was later determined Boblett had been talking with the minor child for about a year. Boblett also sent the 13-year-old child pornography as well as images and videos of his penis.

“The defendant distributed child pornography to countless others, which is reason enough for this lengthy sentence,” U.S. Attorney John Walsh said.  “As a result of the defendant’s conduct, the innocent children portrayed in those images were systematically victimized.”