Three Coloradans sentenced for child porn crimes

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DENVER — Three people from Parker, Westminster, and Denver have been sentenced to federal prison for unrelated child pornography crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.

The first defendant, 54-year-old Paul Lee of Parker, pled guilty to access with intent to view child porn, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said this is the first time someone has been prosecuted under this law in Colorado.

Prosecutors said Lee bought a laptop in 2016 so that he could access child porn. At the time, he was on probation for attempted sexual exploitation of a child. According to his plea agreement, he searched the internet for child porn involving boys ages 12 to 15, and downloaded videos an average of three times per week, according to prosecutors.

Lee was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

The second defendant, 48-year-old Sharee Equdzi-Acquah of Westminster, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Prosecutors said she used a phone app and the Internet to share dozens of images of child porn. She also engaged in graphic chats with others about having sex with children, and chatted with a man about having a child they could molest together, according to prosecutors.

The third defendant, 44-year-old Damian Smith of Denver, was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child porn. Prosecutors said an undercover FBI agent found hundreds of child porn files that he had made available for sharing. He had been looking at and downloading child porn for more than 10 years, according to prosecutors. His laptop contained more than 160,000 images and 1,032 videos of child porn, and he had an additional 15,000 images on a hard drive.

All three defendants were sentenced this week in federal court in Denver.

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