A 44-year-old senior chief from the carrier Abraham Lincoln was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, court records show.
Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Billy Wayne Welch had served 25 years in the Navy when authorities in December searched his home and ship work space and discovered 16,000 images and 600 videos of child pornography on his computer equipment, court records show.
He pleaded guilty in March to a count of distributing child porn online. Authorities busted Welch after learning that he was swapping child porn online with someone in Florida, according to court records.
Welch initially denied having any child pornography, but later admitted that he had been collecting illegal images for several years, court records show.
The federal judge in Seattle ordered Welch to enter a sexual deviancy treatment program, court records show.
Welch, originally from Ozark, Ala., enlisted in September 1983, Navy records show.