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December 3, 2012

Methuen man sentenced to five years for child porn

METHUEN - A Methuen man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for possessing child pornography.

Stephen Hooper, 64, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Judge O’Toole also ordered Hooper, who pleaded guilty to the charge, to pay $2,000 in restitution to victims portrayed in the pornography he possessed.

On April 29, 2011, local and federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Hooper’s home The agents seized, among other things, a computer hard drive that contained more than 3,000 media files containing child pornography, including more than 900 videos.

The files contained graphic depictions of sexual abuse, including S&M imagery and others that were particularly violent. Hooper admitted to agents that he had downloaded thousands of videos and photographs of child pornography.

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