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Anderson man convicted of receiving and distributing child pornography

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced James Jay Hitt, 51, of Anderson, to 40 years in prison for distributing and receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 4:44 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced James Jay Hitt, 51, of Anderson, to 40 years in prison for distributing and receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to evidence presented at trial, Hitt interacted with a 12-person network of child pornographers, managed a blog where he posted child pornography and messaged people through a Russian website that served as a platform for child pornographers to trade and discuss child pornography.

Based on a lead from the FBI in Ohio, investigators in California searched Hitt's house on Jan. 4, 2013. When they entered his house, he waved a knife at them.

Officials found over 4,000 images and dozens of videos of child pornography on a desktop computer, an 80-gigabyte internal hard drive and several CDs in Hitt’s house.

Hitt has been in custody since June 15, 2015. He had a prior conviction for a crime relating to sexual abuse that enhanced his sentence.

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