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Zephyrhills man gets 60 years in prison for child porn

TAMPA — A Zephyrhills man was sentenced to 60 years in prison this week for production of child pornography.

Kenneth Blage, 42, pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in May.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Blage was accused in April 2009 of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl while he was their caretaker. Blage denied the accusations, but his roommate later gave authorities computer hard drives and CDs that contained hundreds of images of the girls.

The roommate said Blage had given him the materials the day the investigation into the abuse began and asked him to destroy them.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Blage sexually abused the 13-year-old girl for nine months and also physically harmed her, burning her neck with a cigarette, throwing a frying pan at her and drawing blood by slapping her face.

Zephyrhills man gets 60 years in prison for child porn 08/25/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 8:55pm]

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