A 23-year-old East Sandwich man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday on child pornography distribution charges. According to a release from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office, US District Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced Bryce Garner to seven years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release. The maximum sentence for the charges is 20 years in prison.
Upon his release from prison, Garner must register as a sex offender.
In April, Garner pleaded guilty to seven counts of distributing child pornography and to possession of child pornography. According to the US Attorney, on February 27, 2013, a federal agent in Oklahoma City observed Garner sharing files via the peer-to-peer platform Limewire depicting the sexual abuse of minor boys during an online investigation. The 37 files Garner was sharing reportedly had names consistent with child pornography.
An investigation revealed that Garner had more than 2,300 images and 1,100 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children and a "substantial" collection of child erotica. According to federal agents, Garner was a "prolific trader" who sent images unsolicited and sent graphic images with explicit labels to obtain different files in return.
Garner was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his East Sandwich home on June 20, 2013. According to the federal agents, who executed the search warrant, Garner first denied having downloaded the files, but later admitted to downloading them when his computer was searched. He also reportedly told the agents that he is attracted to young boys and has been for several years, according to the US Attorney's Office.
Garner worked as a substitute teacher, a camp counselor and an overnight babysitter and nanny, according to the US Attorney. Anyone with questions or concerns about the case should call 617-748-3274.