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A former Upstate Highway Patrol Trooper is headed to prison.
Randy L. Quinn, Jr., 34, of Seneca, South Carolina, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Greenville, South Carolina, for possession of child pornography.
United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Greenville sentenced Quinn to three years imprisonment.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing showed in May 2011 agents with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations were conducting an on-line Internet investigation to identify individuals possessing and sharing child pornography.
Agents located a computer on the network sharing approximately 49 files, and of those files, several had file names that indicated they may contain child pornography.
Agents initiated a download from the files listed for sharing and discovered that the files were indeed child pornography.
Based on the IP address of the computer, agents traced the computer to Quinn’s home.
On June 7, 2011, agents executed the warrant at the house.
Agents seized a laptop computer and found thousands of images of child pornography.
Agents also discovered that Quinn, while on duty at Bike Week in Myrtle Beach photographed unsuspecting minor girls in swimsuits as they played on the beach.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.
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