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Man gets 21 years for possessing, sharing child porn online

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A man previously convicted of sexual assaulting a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for 21 years for possession and distribution of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger has announced that Levi Wayne Burns, 40, of Zimmerman, Minnesota was sentenced to 252 months in prison at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to possession of child porn and was convicted by jury of distribution, after a trial found that he shared files containing videos of children aged between 10 and 14 via a "peer-to-peer computer network."

Operating from the basement of his parents' home in Sherburne County, he is said to have had an "extensive computer system" that generated so much heat, his parents were using it to warm their home in the brutally cold winter of 2013/14, according to the attorney office's press release.

It turns out he was using a "specially built computer" with numerous hard drives, at least one of which was used to download and share child pornography over the internet.

He was caught following an investigation by the FBI, Sherburne County Sheriff's Office and the Minneapolis police department.

Burns was previously convicted in Sherburne County in 2005 for 3rd criminal sexual conduct, after engaging in sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl.

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