Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Hernando man gets 12-year sentence on child pornography charges

BROOKSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hernando County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to 11 counts of possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

John P. Stanton was arrested at his Spring Lake home in September after agents from Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant. Agents located video and photographic images of child pornography inside the home.

Stanton originally was charged with 10 counts of promoting sexual performance by a child and one count of possession of child pornography, but Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly said those charges were reclassified due to the nature of the images.

After his release from prison, Stanton must serve three years of sexual offender probation.

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