A former Henderson resident was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for distributing "sexually explicit" photos of children through Twitter, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Mark Alan Stoneking, 40, was ordered to spend 135 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty on Mar. 1, 2018 to one count of distributing child pornography.

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Stoneking, who had been living in Elyria, Ohio, was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

In his plea agreement, Stoneking admitted that, on Dec. 20, 2014, and Jan. 6, 2015, he distributed sexually explicit photos of children via a Twitter account. Those images were accessible by the account’s “followers.” On Jan. 12, 2016, the Henderson Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed a search warrant at Stoneking’s Henderson home. They seized four electronic devices containing more than 600 videos and more than 200,000 images of child pornography.

A FBI task force arrested Stoneking on those charges in April 2017. Before the officers entered his residence, Stoneking tried to hide his cell phone in the attic. A forensic examination showed Stoneking stored sexually explicit photos of children on that phone as well.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Henderson Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Lopez prosecuted the case.

The U.S. Attorney's Office asked anyone with information regarding possible child sexual exploitation to make a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or by making a CyberTipline report at www.cybertipline.com.

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