Johns Island man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child porn

Horace Leon Crosby Jr.

A Johns Island man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge.

Horace Leon Crosby Jr., 43, is charged with accessing with intent to view child pornography. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also sentenced him to a lifetime of supervision after release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

During an April 2013 investigation, Crosby told undercover federal agents that he accessed the Internet to view child porn, according to a news release.

A review of Crosby’s computer revealed the presence of at least 135 images and six videos of child pornography.

Further investigation revealed that Crosby was convicted in an S.C. state court in 1990 and 1996 for committing lewd Acts on minors, according to the release. Those prior convictions increased Crosby’s sentence in this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean H. Secor of the Charleston office prosecuted the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.