SC man gets 20 years on child porn charge

A South Carolina man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday after his arrest last year in an undercover child pornography sting involving the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

George Randall Ward, 60, Lexington also faces a lifetime of supervised released after pleading guilty to distribution of child pornography Feb. 12.

Ward’s arrest Sept. 28 was part of a joint operation involving Richmond and Columbia County authorities, along with the FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Evidence at his sentence hearing showed that he used a file-sharing network to distribute more than 700 images of child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also says Ward engaged in online chats with an undercover officer in an attempt to trade child porn and meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

 

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