An Ocean Springs man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for having child pornography he downloaded from a secret website accessible only to users with certain software.
Brett Michael Sekinger, 26, will be on probation for 10 years after his prison term.
U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced him Thursday and ordered he make $5,000 in restitution to a known victim.
One of the children has been identified and was younger than 12 when she was photographed, court papers show.
Sekinger came under investigation in January 2015 by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.
Investigators identified Sekinger as a user of a child pornography “bulletin board” set up to allow people to send and receive sexually explicit pictures of children on an anonymous online network, officials said.
The anonymous site requires users to have specific software and a password. Investigators found Sekinger through an internet protocol address.
Agents said a search of his home on Feb. 5, 2016, revealed Sekinger had computers and other electronic equipment with pictures and videos of minors, including at least one child under age 12.
A grand jury indicted him on May 16.
Sekinger pleaded guilty on Sept. 21.
He faced up to 20 years in prison because one of the children was younger than 12.
The Task Force is made up of agents from the FBI, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, and investigators with the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea C. Jones prosecuted the case.