8-10 year sentence for man with nearly 1M images of child porn

Prosecutors: David Linnehan encouraged woman to send nude pictures of her young daughter

David Linnehan is seen here during his sentencing at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on February 24, 2015.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Springfield College employee convicted of child pornography charges was given a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison, but he won’t necessarily serve all of that at MCI Cedar Junction.

David Linnehan, 39, of Granby, pleaded guilty earlier this month to child pornography charges, and using his position to illegally gain access to students’ computers and e-mail accounts, in order to steal their private photographs.

Linnehan is accused of encouraging a woman from California to send him nude pictures of her young daughter, as well as soliciting a different minor to send nude pictures to him. In addition, prosecutors say he had nearly one million images of child pornography on computers, hard drives, and other electronic devices he owned.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup sentenced him to eight to ten years in prison on charges of posing and attempting to pose a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct, and possession of child pornography. Other crimes on which he was convicted would be served concurrently with that sentence. Rup said that Linnehan could serve a portion of his term at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton so that he could continue to receive treatment. His prison sentence will be followed by five years of probation.

He was also ordered to pay $3,900 in restitution to one of the children who appeared in Linnehan’s pornographic images; a victim known as “Vicky.” A victim impact statement from “Vicky” was read to the court.

“This defendant exploited children and violated the privacy of our college students,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement sent to 22News. “It is our duty to protect our most vulnerable residents and to make sure those who harm our children are held accountable.”

The mother who Linnehan encouraged to send images of her daughter has already been convicted on federal charges, and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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