A Cecilia man facing up to 20 years in prison on a federal charge related to child pornography recently was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. District Court, Western Kentucky division in Louisville.

Chris­to­ph­er James Carroll, 21, was arrested Jan, 18, 2019, on more than 150 state felony charges related to child pornography.

The federal case against Carroll, involved two girls — one from Hardin County and one from Meade County — who he knew “from previous acquaintances through their church,” according to a federal criminal complaint.

The charges against Car­roll, a former dispatcher at the Hardin County E-911 Center, allegedly stem from contact with the girls, both younger than 18, over a two-year period.

He was indicted Sept. 11, 2019, on one charge of receiving child pornography. Federal prosecutors initially sought to charge Carroll with attempted online enticement of two minors, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. However, he was indicted on only one charge of obtaining nude photos from minors.

According to the federal complaint, Car­roll created mul­ti­ple false social me­dia profiles in an effort to com­mu­ni­cate and deceive minors in an attempt to obtain nude images through online sites including Instagram and Snapchat.

The complaint said numerous images were created between Sept. 24 and Oct. 31 of 2018. A data report from an Apple iPad recovered from a bed inside a trailer where Carroll was staying “contained numerous nude and partially nude images of minors,” the document alleges.

Carroll faced no less than five years and up to 20 years in prison on the federal charge, if convicted. There is no probation in the federal court system.

In addition to the 10-year sentence, Carroll faces 10 years of supervised release. He remains in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Because of the federal case, state charges were dismissed. The accusations were nine counts of use of a minor younger than 16 in a sexual performance, 50 counts of use of a minor younger than 18 in a sexual performance and 100 counts of possessing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance.

The Kentucky Attorney Gen­er­al’s Office cyber investiga­tors teamed with the U.S. Se­c­ret Service, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Elizabethtown Police De­part­ment to make the arrest.

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