Updated: Newnan man sentenced in federal child porn case

by Wes Mayer

A Newnan resident and former Union City, Ga., firefighter has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

The sentencing was Friday in federal court in Newnan.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office, Justin D. Corley, 31, of Newnan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newnan to receiving child pornography on July 9, 2013. In February 2012, a forensic examination of Corley’s laptop computer revealed more than 9,000 images of child pornography.

“This defendant collected a large number of horrible images and videos portraying the sexual abuse of young children,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The fact that he apparently traded some of these images with other collectors while he was on duty as a municipal firefighter is particularly troubling. Mr. Corley has justly earned a significant sentence for his role in victimizing these children and by violating his public position.”

According to Yates, the investigation first began in November 2011 when the United States Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI) initiated a peer-to-peer file sharing operation throughout the Atlanta area to search for online distributors and recipients of child pornography.

Investigators first identified Corley’s involvement with child pornography through an Internet protocol address linked to the Union City Fire Department, according to the release. In January 2012, HSI investigators downloaded child pornography files from an Internet protocol address linked to one of Corley’s family members. A warrant was issued in February, and federal agents confiscated Corley’s laptop containing thousands of child pornography images.

Corley was charged with receiving child pornography and pleaded guilty on July 9, 2013, according to the press release. On Friday, Sept. 27, he was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by a 15-year supervised release period. He was additionally fined a $1,000 restitution fee.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray and was investigated by agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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