Hephzibah man sentenced on child porn charge

Hephzibah man sentenced on child porn charge

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A Hephzibah man who posted photos of his sexual abuse of a child online was sentenced to 30 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia.

Rahmad Ali James, 37, pleaded guilty in May 2014 to the charge of sexual exploitation of a minor through the production of child pornography, according to the attorney's office.

After serving his 30-year sentence, James will be under supervised release for 10 years.

According to evidence presented during the guilty plea and sentencing hearings, James molested a girl who lived in the same house where he was staying in the Atlanta area. The molestation occurred when the girl was between 8 and 15 years old.

James photographed the molestation, returned to Hephzibah and uploaded those and other child porn images onto an international website in order to receive similar-type images from others, according to the attorney's office.

After executing a federal search warrant at James's Hephzibah residence in February 2014, officers and agents located a large collection of child pornography on various forms of computer media belonging to James, according to the attorney's office. James was arrested and later indicted and charged with four counts involving the production of child pornography and five counts of distributing child pornography.

He has remained in custody since February 2014.

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