Man with huge stash of child porn gets 8 years in federal prison 

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Man with huge stash of child porn gets 8 years in federal prison 

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A Jonesboro man will serve eight years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.
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  • A Jonesboro man had more than half a million pieces of child porn.
  • Kenneth Shipp was arrested in 2016 and pleaded guilty in October.
  • Shipp will serve eight years and be on probation for 15 years.

A Jonesboro man who had the largest collection of child pornography the Northern District of Georgia has ever seen will serve eight years and one month in federal prison, officials said Monday. 

Kenneth Shipp, 58, had 447,268 images and 19,395 videos — more than 60 terabytes of pornography — in his possession when agents raided his home in May 2016, Department of Justice spokesman Bob Page said in a news release.

Shipp had hundreds of thousands of photographs and thousands of videos on numerous computers, laptops, television monitors, thumb drives and other electronic devices at his residence, Page said.

Agents were tipped off to Shipp’s involvement in distributing child porn when they, during the course of an investigation into peer-to-peer websites, were able to download a video that showed young boys being sexually abused, Page said. 

The video was traced to Shipp. 

“It is abhorrent that someone could derive gratification from the sexual abuse of children, and the amount that Shipp possessed is staggering,” Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said. “We will continue to work with federal and state law enforcement partners to find those who trade and collect child pornography and bring them to justice.”

Shipp pleaded guilty and was convicted in October. After his release from prison, he will be on probation for 15 years, Page said. 

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