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 mandatory minimum 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 97 months to 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.
U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. ordered a downward departure, also citing McMahon's age, stable background and lack of a prior criminal record. McMahon retired from a job in finance with General Motors.
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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