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MAN GETS 5 YEARS IN CHILD PORN CASE

A Clearwater man was sentenced Wednesday to 67 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography on the Internet.

"Yes, I knew it was wrong," Kevin McMahon said in U.S. District Court in Tampa. But "I did not recognize that (children) were exploited and most likely physically and emotionally harmed." McMahon, 62, pleaded guilty in October. The charge carried a minimum mandatory sentence of five years.

Federal prosecutors say that between June 25 and Dec. 1, 2006, he sent at least 200 e-mails with pictures of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct from an America Online account.

A search of his apartment on McMullen-Booth Road uncovered about 1,700 images and 10 videos containing child pornography.

Sentencing guidelines called for McMahon to serve between 97 and 121 months. But attorney George Tragos argued that his client had already responded well to treatment, had never personally harmed a child and was unlikely to re-offend.

McMahon must pay a $15,000 fine and serve 10 years of supervised release after prison. He will be a registered sex offender.

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