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A federal judge sentenced an Alpine man to 10 years behind bars Monday for using a file sharing website to download child pornography, according to court documents.

U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson also ordered Fred Thomas Lowery be placed on supervised release for 20 years following his release from prison. He must also pay a $400 fine and pay $3,500 in restitution.

Lowery faced enhanced penalties for the charge of possession of child pornography because he had a previous conviction of indecent liberties with a minor, according to the documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming.

Authorities charged Lowery in March.

An agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation who serves on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated Lowery, the documents state. In December, the agent located a computer in Wyoming offering files of child pornography to be downloaded by others on a peer-to-peer file sharing network.

The agent tracked the computer’s IP address to Alpine and requested the address of the computer’s user from an internet provider.

Officials searched Lowery's home and found a laptop containing files of children engaged in sexual activity, according to the documents. Lowery admitted to officers he used the website to view and obtain child pornography.

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