Former U.S. Department of Education educator
Joseph Butler, 66, of Clarkston and
Navy seaman Spencer Duncan, 23, from Lawrenceville
sentenced for Involvement with Child Pornography

One was a career employee with the U.S. Department of Education and the other, a sailor with the U.S. Navy. But federal prosecutors said while these men were serving their country, they were involved in the collection and distribution of child sexual abuse images.

On Wednesday, the former educator Mr. Joseph Butler, 66, of Clarkston, and the former seaman Mr. Spencer Duncan, 23, of Lawrenceville, were sentenced for their involvement in child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In March 2012, Mr. Butler was sentenced to 10 years for collecting child pornography while using his government computer and Mr. Butler was sentenced to six years and six months for distributing child pornography.

“These two cases illustrate the important point that consumers and purveyors of child pornography can be found everywhere,” Mrs. Yates said. “Both defendants had worked in service to our country and yet were collecting or distributing photographs of children being sexually abused.”

Federal investigators said Mr. Butler used his work computer to download child pornography from the internet onto CD-ROMs, which he then took home.

In July 2011, federal agents executed a search warrant at Mr. Butler’s home where they found the CD-ROMs of child pornography along with boxes full of children’s clothes and toys, Mrs. Yates said. They also found a collection of self-authored stories that described in graphic detail young children having sex with adults and animals.

Mr. Duncan was caught when an undercover FBI agent was able to download sexually explicit images of minors from the former seaman’s computer, Mrs. Yates said.

Mr. Duncan had created an account on a peer-to-peer file sharing network and made his collection of child pornography available to others, she said.

“The FBI found thousands of such images and dozens of videos on Duncan’s computer when they executed a search warrant at his house,” Mrs. Yates said.

Both Mr. Butler and Mr. Duncan pleaded guilty to the crime in December 2011. Once released, they will be required to register as sex offenders and Mr. Butler will have to undergo five years of supervised release and Mr. Duncan faces 10 years of supervised release.


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