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Navy petty officer had thousands of child sex videos. He’ll be watched for life.

Casey T. Minnick
Casey T. Minnick

A serviceman must make restitution to several victims after a child pornography conviction that requires prison and lifetime supervision.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Casey T. Minnick, 30, to seven years and three months in prison on Tuesday and fined him $5,000.

Minnick was a Navy petty officer who worked at Stennis Space Center when he was arrested.

Ozerden also ordered Minnick to make restitution of $8,000 to be split between four victims. The four victims are among those shown in tens of thousands of pornographic pictures and videos of children found on his home computer in Long Beach, court papers show. The crimes occurred in 2015 and in early 2016 at his residence in Long Beach, a court document said.

The images included child bondage, sex acts with children and sexual humiliation of children as young as infants.

Minnick was assigned to the Underwater Submarine Warfare Command at Stennis when he committed the crimes, a court document said.

Harrison County sheriff’s investigators had arrested him March 31, 2016, on three counts of child pornography. The Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force searched his home at Arbor Station apartments.

Homeland Security Investigations took the lead in the investigation and a federal grand jury charged Minnick in a four-count indictment in October.

Minnick accepted a plea agreement on April 3. He faced up to 10 years in prison and probation of five years to life. Ozerden chose lifetime supervision.

A psycho-sexual evaluation was completed before his sentencing, records show.

The victims were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. When people are convicted on child porn charges in federal court, identified victims have the right to receive restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenda Haynes prosecuted the case.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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