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Myrtle Beach man sentenced in federal court for possession of child pornography

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for possession of child pornography. 

A press release from Sherri A. Lydon, a United States Attorney for the district of South Carolina, says 47-year-old James Robert Fix was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment followed by supervised release for life and a restitution payment of $1,000. During his term of supervised release, Fix will be required to register as a sex offender, attend sex offender treatment, refrain from unsupervised contact with children or the use of the internet without approval, and submit to polygraph examinations. 

The release also says "the evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that federal agents executed a search warrant at Fix’s Myrtle Beach residence on November 24, 2015, based on information that he was receiving child pornography via email. On that same day agents also interviewed Fix who admitted to possessing child pornography and surrendered his laptop computer and cellphone to the agents. During forensic analyses of the computer, cellphone and a thumb drive seized during the search, agents located numerous videos and images containing child pornography."

According to the release, this case was investigated by agents with ICE- Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Bradley Parham prosecuted the case.

"The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to project children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov," the release also says. 


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