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Ft. Campbell soldier pleads guilty to shipping child porn

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

A former Fort Campbell, Kentucky soldier pleaded guilty to charges involving child pornography.

Timothy Lee Hansen, 25, was charged with knowingly possessing, mailing, transporting, and shipping child porn while he lived within the Fort Campbell Military Reservation and during active duty in Iraq.

Hansen appeared in the United States District Court in Paducah, Kentucky on July 24 . He entered a guilty plea to a four-count federal Indictment.

According to court records, between February 2010 and February 2011, Hansen, using  the screen name Hydes420, allegedly used peer-to-peer file sharing software to download, store and trade digital images of child pornography.

The FBI tracked the IP address of Hansen's computer, tracing it back to the soldier's barracks at Fort Campbell. The information was turned over to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division of February 14, 2011.

After he was identified, Hansen allegedly told investigators that he possessed about 100 megabytes of child porn on his personal computers at Fort Campbell. He then allegedly admitted he obtained and used the child porn for sexual gratification.

Hansen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. The maximum potential sentence is 70 years in prison,, fines of $1 million and a period of probation of at least five years and potentially the remainder of his life.

Sentencing before Chief Judge Russell is scheduled for October 17, 2012 in Louisville.

Hansen's case was brought forward as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide program started in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The project gathers federal, state, and local resources to find, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

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