Easthampton man gets 11½-year prison sentence on child pornography charges 

  • James J. Smith, 38, of Easthampton, was sentenced to 11½ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after pleading guilty to nine child pornography charges. —Easthampton Police Department

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Published: 9/20/2017 12:02:33 PM

SPRINGFIELD — An Easthampton man was sentenced Tuesday to 11½ years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to distributing and possessing child pornography.

In February 2017, James J. Smith, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court to six counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of transportation of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Matroianni sentenced Smith to 138 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release after a plea agreement had been reached calling for a sentence ranging between 120 and 151 months and 10 months supervised release.

“It was a plea agreement that had a range,” Smith’s defense attorney, Kevin G. Murphy of Springfield said. “We’re just grateful he didn’t get the 151 (months).”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, law enforcement officers seized Smith’s cellphone, which contained approximately 110 images of child pornography, during a search of his home at 53 Holyoke St. in Easthampton in January 2015. The images included a known 8-year-old girl. Smith also engaged in Craigslist correspondence with multiple people in which they discussed the sexual abuse of children.

“Smith offered to distribute, and did distribute, child pornography involving children aged 10 and younger with online associates,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday. “Smith also offered to receive and did receive, child pornography from an individual online.”

Murphy said Smith apologized to his family and for his behavior at his sentencing in court Tuesday.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of the Springfield branch office and involved the FBI, State Police, Easthampton and Northampton police departments.

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