A 48-year-old Curry County man on Thursday morning was sentenced to 18 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
Elijah McClain’s arrest stems from the interception of online communications in 2006 by the FBI that indicated McClain was buying child pornography, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler.
The FBI alerted the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, which executed a search warrant on his home and discovered 30,000 images of child pornography on McClain’s computer.
McClain pleaded guilty Thursday to 21 counts of possession of child pornography and District Judge Teddy L. Hartley immediately handed down the 18-year prison sentence, according to Chandler.
When McClain finishes his prison term, he faces five to 20 years of intensive, supervised probation and must register as a sex offender.