November 30, 2012
A Cowley County man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
Curtis J. Schooley, 24, of Burden, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. In his plea, he admitted to using a peer-to-peer program to share files of child pornography under the name of “joshsmith”. In June 2011, an agent with an FBI task force in New Haven, Conn., downloaded several images of child pornography from “joshsmith”, including images of an adult male engaged in a sex act with a prepubescent girl. In some instances, the children in the photos had been identified in other investigations.
Investigators identified Schooley as “joshsmith” and served a search warrant at his home in Burden. Additional child pornography was found during the search.