An Easton man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing, transporting, and receiving child pornography.

Twenty-one-year-old Brandon Hosford was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. According to court records, Hosford sent images over the internet on two occasions in October 2017 and received child pornography over the internet the following month.

Investigators said some of the images Hosford possessed and transmitted depicted children under the age of 12.

Hosford pleaded guilty last October. In addition to the prison time, he was sentenced to serve 10 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and Presque Isle and Fort Kent Police.

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

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