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Kennewick man to spend 10 years in prison for possession of child porn

Kennewick man to spend 10 years in prison for possession of child porn

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick man is sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

A news release from the Department of Justice (DoJ) said Wayne Lee Lafferty, 53, plead guilty Oct. 24, 2017 to possessing images of child pornography on his electronic devices.

Lafferty will spend 10 years in federal prison to be followed by court supervision for 15 years, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney.

According to court documents, Homeland Security Investigations learned through an undercover investigation that images of child pornography were being distributed from Lafferty's home in Kennewick.

Investigators found over 47,000 images and video files of child pornography on Lafferty's electronic devices in a search, including images of infants and toddlers.

Lafferty admitted to viewing child pornography during the investigation, documents said.

“The Court’s sentence should serve as a warning to those criminals who possess child pornography – they will be actively pursued by federal and state law enforcement officers," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Joseph H. Harrington said in a statement.

This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the DoJ to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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