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LaRue County resident sentenced to 78 months in prison

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Benjamin Boyd sentenced in US District Court

By Allison Shepherd

        United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., announced today that a LaRue County, Kentucky resident was sentenced April 25, 2017 in United States District Court by Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson, III, to 78 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release.   The Court further ordered Benjamin Boyd of Hodgenville, Kentucky to pay $65,000 in restitution to be divided between nine identified victims, after he pleaded guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography.

            “Receipt and possession of child pornography are not victimless crimes,” stated United States Attorney John Kuhn. “Every image and every video in this case document a horrific moment of pain and damage inflicted upon an innocent and defenseless child. Circulating and viewing these images simply perpetuate the damage and pain for the victims. Mr. Boyd’s lengthy sentence and the substantial award for restitution to be paid to these victims is a just and appropriate outcome.”           

            According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Benjamin Boyd, admitted to receiving and possessing 3,595 images and 2,778 videos of child pornography.

More information concerning this case will appear in the May 3, 2017 edition of The LaRue Couty Herald News.