Prison sentence in child porn distribution case

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An Augusta County man has been sentenced to prison for distributing child pornography.

An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge sentenced Darren Mathis to 50 years in prison, with 40 suspended, on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to several charges in July 2018 but sentencing was delayed pending a psychosexual evaluation.

When he gets out of prison, Mathis will be on 20 years of good behavior, the first three of which will be on supervised probation.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

According to a release from the Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the investigation began during an Internet Crimes Against Children operation.

The Albemarle County Police Department was the lead investigative agency on the case, which found images depicting children as young as five.

Two other men who were arrested at the same time, Derek Hanger and Malcolm Dunn, both entered Alford pleas on similar charges earlier this year.

Dunn was sentenced to 75 years in prison with all but ten years suspended.

Hangers was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 30 suspended.


Derek Hanger
Malcolm Dunn


 
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