U.S. District Judge Sentences East Sandwich Man

gavelBOSTON- A former substitute teacher and camp counselor was sentenced today for the distribution and possession of child pornography.

Bryce Garner, 23, of East Sandwich, was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to seven years in prison, to be followed by eight years of supervised release.

Upon release, Garner must register as a sex offender.

Garner, who was previously employed as a substitute teacher, camp counselor and overnight babysitter/nanny, pleaded guilty in April to seven counts of distribution of child pornography and to possession of child pornography.

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On February 27, 2013, a federal agent in Oklahoma City conducting an on-line undercover investigation, observed Garner sharing 37 files with names consistent with child pornography.

The images in the files depicted the sexual abuse of minor boys.

Agents later discovered that Garner was in possession of more than 2,300 images and more than 1,100 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, as well as a substantial collection of child erotica.

Garner used various on-line programs to find, download and share these images and videos.

Police say he was a prolific trader on these platforms, often sending child pornography unsolicited, being insistent about trading, and explicitly sending these images and videos in order to gain child pornography in return.

The images and videos depict minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and were labeled with explicit names reflecting their content.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.