MARQUETTE - A Norway man has been sentenced to serve more than 15 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
Shane Eric Hanley, 45, was ordered to serve 188 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles Jr. announced today.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered Hanley to serve 20 years of supervised release following his release from prison, pay $17,769.00 in restitution to victims and a $100 special assessment.
Hanley will also be required to re-register as a sexual offender.
On Feb. 22, Hanley pleaded guilty to a federal indictment charging him with possession of child pornography. The investigation into Hanley's activities began in July 2011 when agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Grand Rapids discovered that Hanley was sharing child pornography via peer-to-peer software on his computer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Subsequent investigation revealed that Hanley had child pornography stored on both his home computer and DVDs, government attorney's said.
Hanley admitted that he had used peer-to-peer software to locate and download child pornography, which he compared to stamp collecting, attorneys said.
Hanley had been previously convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan in 1993 and 1994. Both convictions involved acts with minors. He was a registered sex offender in Michigan.
Michigan State Police and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner in U.S. District Court in Marquette.
Miles said the case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect
children from online exploitation and abuse.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit: www.projectsafechildhood.gov.