North Pole man found guilty after FBI finds hundreds of child porn images on hard drive

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A man from North Pole was convicted by a federal jury on multiple child pornography charges, after a months-long investigation revealed hundreds of images stored on the man's hard drive, along with an incriminating download pattern connected to his phone.

The case began back in 2015, when Eric Whitebread, 42, came to the attention of federal agents. Whitebread's home in North Pole and his computer were searched on a warrant from law enforcement.

On his hard drive, 618 images were found, according to prosecutors. Those images depicted sexually explicit material depicting minors.

Following an investigation by the FBI, Whitebread's daily activity was tracked, cross-referenced with the downloading habits found on the file sharing programs installed on his computer.

According to investigators, who used both his computer and the location and activity on his cell phone, child pornography was being downloaded and viewed on the computer at times when Whitebread’s text messages showed him to be home and online.

"In addition," prosecutors wrote Monday, "The computer did not show any activity at times the evidence showed Whitebread was away from the house."

Following a five-day trial, the jury agreed with investigators, finding Whitebread guilty on two counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of receipt of child pornography.

His sentencing is scheduled for September of this year. Each count has a maximum penalty of five to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and supervised release if he ever gets out.



 
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