A Crown Point man will serve about eight years in prison after admitting he had downloaded child pornography for about nine years.
U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano also ruled that Joshua Alexander Atwood, 29, must register as a sex offender and serve 20 years on supervised release after he is done with prison.
A Homeland Security special agent tracked down child pornography images found on a peer-to-peer network to Atwood’s address. When agents searched the house, Atwood admitted he’d downloaded images since 2004.
He had deleted some of the images recently because he felt guilty, Atwood told agents, but continued to download the images. He also stored a computer tower containing child pornography at a local church.
Atwood’s attorney, Kerry Connors, said in a court filing that Atwood wanted to seek therapy for his problems and that there’s no evidence that Atwood ever molested a child. His mother wrote in a letter that her son had been bullied growing up because of a hearing and speech problem and that she had to raise him herself because his father, who had a drug addiction, abandoned the family when Atwood was six.