Crime & Courts

Columbia man to serve 2 years on child porn charges

A Columbia man will serve two years in a federal prison on child pornography charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lee Alan Smith, 50, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for possession of child pornography. U.S. Judge Cameron McGowan Currie sentenced Smith to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by supervised release for the rest of his life. Additionally, Smith will be required to register as a sex offender and to participate in computer monitoring programs.

Acccording to the U.S. Attorney's Office, authorities in Sacramento, Calif., discovered that Smith had communicated with a Californian they were investigating about the sharing of child pornography. In November 2007, FBI agents from the Columbia office searched Smith's residence. During this search, they say, Smith admitted that he had received images of child pornography over the internet and transferred them to his computer hard drive.

An examination of his computer confirmed that images of child pornography were present, authorities said.

-- From Staff Reports