Former police officer in Florida sentenced to life in prison for child porn



    Former police officer in Florida sentenced to life in prison for child porn

    May 25, Florida: A federal judge in Florida has sentenced a former police officer to life in prison after pleading guilty to several child exploitation and child pornography charges.

    The judge in Fort Pierce on Tuesday sentenced 28-year-old Michael Edwin Harding, a former Port St. Lucie police officer.

    Federal prosecutors said Harding admitted to distributing videos and photos to internet chat rooms showing young children engaged in sex acts.

    Authorities say many of the images were discovered on Harding's cellphone, which authorities say he used to create his own child sex videos. They say more images were found on thumb drives and other devices, reports said.

    The case is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide effort to combat child sexual exploitation, led by the Homeland Security Investigations arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    The Oslo Times