North Georgia man sentenced to 15 years for child pornography

Between 2015 and 2018, the man bought child pornography online on multiple occasions, authorities said.

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Between 2015 and 2018, the man bought child pornography online on multiple occasions, authorities said.

A North Georgia man has been sentenced for producing, receiving and possessing child pornography.

Michael Bush, 49, of Talking Rock, will spend 15 years in federal prison and have to pay restitution to his victims, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Bjay Pak.

Between 2015 and 2018, Bush bought child pornography online on multiple occasions, the release said. During a search of his home in 2018, authorities found thousands of pornographic videos and pictures of children, including some Bush had taken of an 11-year-old, according to Pak.

“Bush created and collected images showing the exploitation and sexual abuse of minor children,” Pak said. “His disgusting passion for these types of images further exploits the children in the photographs. We will continue to identify and remove those individuals who pose a threat to our children.”

The case was part of the Project Safe Childhood nationwide initiative, which aims to protect children from online exploitation.

Bush will spend 10 years on probation after serving his 15-year sentence.

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