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Former fire chief and reserve deputy gets 15 years prison for trading explicit photos of children

By Mason White 7:15 AM August 22, 2014
Thomas Andrew Taylor 

By: Devansh Dutt
A man who worked as a fire chief and a reserve deputy in North Carolina, was sentenced to jail.

United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced Thomas Andrew Taylor, 53, of Grifton, to 188 months in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography. According to the investigation, law enforcement in Philadelphia identified Taylor, as an individual using a screen name to post pornographic images of children.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified law enforcement that a subject later identified as Taylor, accessed Facebook and posted an image of child pornography. Facebook also reported the image to NCMEC.

A search warrant was executed at Taylor’s residence and he agreed to a non-custodial interview. During that interview, Taylor admitted to using his laptop computer as well as his Yahoo and Gmail accounts, to trade child pornography with others.

On the way to the interview, Taylor attempted to destroy evidence by throwing his laptop into a creek off Highway 58 North in Kinston.

However, the computer was recovered and was processed for evidence. A subsequent forensic examination revealed that Taylor’s collection included 334 images and 34 videos of children.