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North Highlands man convicted of using instant messaging to acquire child pornography

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A North Highlands man was convicted Thursday for possession of child pornography after using social media to obtain explicit content.

William Lamar Blessett, 39, used the instant messaging service Kik to acquire sexually explicit images of minors between 2016 and 2017, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Blessett was arrested in October 2017 after downloading images via online links and storing them in his Dropbox cloud storage account, which he used to send the images to a laptop, two smartphones, and two tablets, according to the release.

Blessett faces anywhere from 10 to 20 years in prison along with a $250,000 fine and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19. He is currently being held at the Sacramento County jail.

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