A South Carolina man was sentenced to prison Monday for possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
Greer’s Scott Linnell, 36, was sentenced to 82 months in prison and ordered to be under lifetime supervision, according to Drake.
An undercover officer observed an online user, later identified as Linnell, had posted fourteen sexually explicit images to the chat room “#lolitalovers” on March 8, 2015, according to Drake.
In a second, unrelated undercover investigation, Linnell’s IP address was found to be trading child pornography and engaging in sexually explicit chats on a web forum used by individuals interested in sexual contact with children, according to Drake.
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On May 27, 2015, a federal search warrant was executed at Linnell’s home, where computers and other devices were seized, according to Drake. A forensic examination of the devices seized revealed 8,906 images of child pornography. Of these images, 773 were of infants and toddlers. Ninety of these images were sadistic, masochistic, or violent.