In separate cases, Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess sentenced two men from Southeast Alaska for child pornography, the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Both men were sentenced in federal court Tuesday, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage.

Burgess sentenced 55-year-old Juneau resident Steven Foster to 78 months in prison for distributing child pornography. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, authorities found more than 2,000 images and 54 videos in his home, all depicting minors performing sexual acts. Foster admitted to downloading the images and videos to his computer and used a program share them with others, the U.S. Attorney’s office explained.

Burgess also handed down a sentence of five years to 28-year-old Marvin Jackson, of Petersburg, for transporting child pornography. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to drop another charge of child pornography possession.

In Jackson’s case, he allegedly used photos of children between the ages of 3 and 6 in a Photoshop-like program to create images of sexual abuse involving the children, the plea agreement explained. Those images, along with “hundreds” of others, were found on his phone during an unrelated drug investigation when Jackson flew from Washington to Petersburg in January.

“Many of the images created by the defendant included text stating graphic sexual abuse fantasies related to those children,” the U.S. Attorney’s office explained in a statement.

Both cases are part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative, which launched in May 2006.

“[PSC] combines federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, identify and rescue victims and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

For more information about PSC, visit the initiative’s website.

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