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Butte County man sentenced to prison for child porn offenses

A Butte County man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.

Keith Joseph Banning, 59, of Magalia pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

According to court documents, an undercover investigation revealed that in June through August of 2012, an Internet user at Banning’s home address was using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to share pictures and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Included were a number of videos involving children younger than 10.

When a search warrant was executed at Banning’s home, investigators found that his computers contained hundreds of videos depicting sexual abuse of children and that, at various times, many of those videos were made available to others over the Internet through a file-sharing network.

Authorities said Banning was caught in another state living under a false name and had rebuilt his collection of child pornography while on the run.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy