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Former A&M Galveston professor sentenced on two child pornography charges

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A 47-year-old Galveston man formerly employed at Texas A&M University has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of receipt and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Matthew Irwin pleaded guilty March 22, 2016.

Today, U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. took into consideration all materials presented including victim impact statements and handed Irwin and 97 months in federal prison. In handing down the sentence, Judge Hanks stated that he needed to protect the members of society who could not protect themselves. Irwin will serve 10 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. Irwin will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

Irwin was employed as an associate professor for Texas A&M Galveston at the time of his arrest. He had come to the attention of law enforcement after investigators found evidence he was accessing files from a website known to contain child pornography

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