Gervais man sentenced to 7 years on child pornography charges
A Gervais man who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.
Adam Michael Groat, 28, of Gervais, received the sentence, which also includes a life term of supervised release, from U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon on Thursday.
Groat pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing child pornography, three counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Separate investigations by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that Groat repeatedly traded numerous images of child pornography with various people online. The HSI investigation revealed that Groat traded child pornography with an offender in Arizona who was the subject of another investigation. The FBI investigation revealed that Groat traded child pornography with a woman in Texas who was also the subject of another investigation. Forensic examinations of Groat’s computer equipment revealed hundreds of child pornography images and videos, including materials depicting prepubescent minors engaged in bestiality and sadomasochistic conduct.
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