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Contractor Who was Stationed in Afghanistan is Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sending Images of Child Pornography


This news story was published on December 25, 2012.
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FORT WORTH, TX—A New Hampshire man stationed in Afghanistan who sent child pornography to a Fort Worth, Texas, resident, whom he met while he attended DynCorp International job training in Fort Worth, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 240 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. James M. Markwith, 31, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to an indictment charging one count of transporting and distributing a visual depiction of a minor for importation into the U.S. Markwith has been in federal custody since his arrest in June 2012 in the District of New Hampshire on a related charge filed in the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, soon after Markwith met B.F. in Fort Worth earlier this year, he was transferred to Kabul, Afghanistan. Markwith and B.F. continued to communicate through Skype instant messaging, telephone, and e-mail. In early April 2012, the conversations became sexual in nature, and on April 7, 2012, Markwith sent B.F. images of child pornography.

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