Former school bus driver gets 6 years on child porn charges

A former Hall County school bus driver was sentenced to six years in federal prison Thursday following his conviction on child pornography charges.

John Cooper Spinks, 41, was also fined $2,000 and his prison sentenced will be followed 20 years of supervised release, said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

Spinks distributed images of child pornography over the Internet to an undercover law enforcement officer who he encountered in a chat room named "#baby&toddlerlove," Yates said.

Spinks pleaded guilty in June to distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

“As a school bus driver, this defendant was in daily contact with the children of Hall County," Spinks said. "While he was entrusted with our children by day, he was later searching for, downloading, and distributing sexually exploitative images of children at his home computer.”

On March 25, federal agents executed a search warrant at Spinks' home and seized a laptop computer and several other pieces of electronic media. Investigators found hundreds of images depicting child pornography on Spinks' home computer.