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Former resident gets 15-year term in federal prison

July 18, 2013

A former Big Spring resident was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison — to be followed by eight years probation — by a U.S. District Judge this week after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography in March.

Christopher Aubrey Harlan, 27, formerly of Big Spring and believed most recently to have been residing in Central Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings after pleading guilty to one count of receiving child pornography, according to officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Texas.

The hearing was held in Lubbock, with Cummings ordering Harlan to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on Aug. 16. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, Harlan used his computer — as well as, for a brief time, his roommate’s computer — to access child pornography on various websites. He used those computers, as well as his cellphone, to send and receive numerous images of child pornography, according to officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and the Big Spring Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy was the prosecuting attorney, according to court records.

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