A Lexington man, who admitted downloading child pornography images over the internet, was sentenced today to 103 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced 33-year-old Jason Daniel Meade Thursday for receiving child pornography. In addition to the 103-month term, Judge Caldwell also ordered Meade to be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office, for the rest of his life.

According to court documents, Meade downloaded hundreds of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Meade's sentence was enhanced because many of these images contained minors under the age of 12 and some were sadistic and violent in nature.

In September 2011, undercover law enforcement agents identified a computer in Lexington that was offering child pornography for downloading. Authorities traced the location of the computer to a locked room that Meade kept at his mother's residence. During the execution of a search warrant at the residence, law enforcement found the images of child pornography on two computers and a CD.

Under federal law, Meade must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence and must register as a sex offender when he is released. Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, and Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General, jointly announced the sentence today.

The investigation was conducted by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the FBI.



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