SPOKANE — A Newport man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday for distribution of child pornographic images.

Casey Edward Murdock, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson.

The prison term will be followed by a lifetime of court supervision after his release, court records show. Murdock will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The sentence comes after Mudock pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to the crim.

Court records show Murdock sent a password to an undercover FBI agent working online through a peer-to-peer file sharing program in November 2011. The password unlocked an online directory containing child pornography.

In January 2012, the FBI executed a search warrant at Murdock's home, then in Deer Park, and seized a laptop computer, court records show, noting digital evidence was uncovered.

During the search, Murdock also confessed to distributing child pornography, court records show.

“Prosecuting offenders who are distributing child pornography is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Washington. This Office, together with its Federal and state law enforcement partners, is and will continue to be committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes," U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby said Thursday.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie J. Lister.

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