Eric Whitebread, a 43-year-old resident of North Pole, was sentenced Friday to spend 15 years in prison for distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to a release from U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder's office.

Whitebread's prison term is to be followed by a 35-year term of supervised release.

According to evidence presented at trial, Whitebread distributed files of child pornography through a file-sharing website in 2015.

When authorities searched Whitebread's computer, they found more than 600 images of child pornography that bad been downloaded through the file-sharing network between July 14 and Aug. 24, 2015.

After a forensic examination of the computer, law enforcement determined the the files were being downloaded and viewed during times when Whitebread's text messages showed him to be home and online. 

Whitebread, his wife and two other witnesses testified that other people had access to the computer and that the password was written on a sticky note posted on the device, but the device was seized without any such note.

Additional evidence presented as part of the sentencing showed Whitebread had previously been accused of inappropriately touching a minor and of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old when he was an adult. 

U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline presided over the case. He said the evidence against Whitebread was overwhelming and that the defendant was in complete denial about what he'd done, showing no remorse. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Anchorage Police Department, Crimes Against Children Unit.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anne Veldhuis and Kyle Reardon.

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