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Sacramento man headed to prison for receiving child porn

A 70-year-old Sacramento man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to more than eight years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Dean Lynn Christiansen’sCQ prison term of eight years and one month is to be followed by five years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. also ordered Christiansen to pay a $17,500 fine.

Christiansen pleaded guilty in September 2015 to one count of receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, between Oct. 14, 2010, and Oct. 17, 2012, Christiansen used a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to search for and collect more than 790 files containing pictures and videos that depicted sexual exploitation of children. A search warrant executed at Christiansen’s home revealed that, at various times, many of those images and videos were made available to others over the internet.

The images and videos that Christiansen possessed portrayed sadistic, masochistic and other depictions of violence, including depictions of minors younger than 12 years old, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy