A Chatsworth, Ga., man today was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on a charge of receiving child pornography, according to a news release.
Albert Vernon Norton, 48, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert L. Vining in Rome, Ga. There is no parole in the federal system, and his term will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
According to United States Attorney Sally Q. Yates and information presented in court, n late fall of 2009, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation-led investigation code-named "Operation Restore Hope" identified a number of people across Georgia who were using peer-to-peer file sharing programs to exchange child pornography photos and videos, according to information presented in court. When authorities searched Norton's home, they found numerous discs containing hundreds of videos of child pornography, particularly images of minor boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the news release.
Investigators also learned Norton had been convicted twice, in Cumberland County, N.C., and in Gwinnett County, Ga., of sexual offenses against minor boys.