CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man was sentenced to 240 months in prison for distribution of child pornography. Timothy Fitzpatrick, 37, was arrested after a police sting where he transmitted images of child pornography to undercover officers.
Fitzpatrick allegedly created an ad on Craigslist titled "younger the better into taboo or whatever," which officers responded to and continued an e-mail correspondence. A search warrant was obtained for Fitzpatrick's apartment which led officers to images and video showing children under the age of 12 being subjected to violence or sadistic activities.
Fitzpatrick was arrested on Dec. 21, 2011 and pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of child pornography.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart said "The Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force came together to investigate and prosecute the increasing number of cases involving child sexual exploitation and abuse that we are seeing." He went on to say "This is far from a victimless crime." "Those who view and trade these images share a large responsibility for the abuse of the children in these images. Their abuse didn't end the day the criminal material was produced. Their abuse continues with every subsequent distribution, every subsequent possession, every subsequent viewing."
Stewart explained that the federal penalties associated with these crimes are generally severe. Fitzpatrick will be under court supervision for life after he has served his 240 months in prison.