PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man from Burgaw was sentenced in court Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of receipt of child pornography.
According to the Department of Justice, Paul Joseph Schmura Jr., 49 of Burgaw, will face ten years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
Schmura pleaded guilty in February to one count of receipt of child pornography.
The DOJ said an undercover agent with the state SBI began an online investigation in February 2012 related to the distribution of child pornography.
The investigation led agents to a specific computer which led to the identification of Schmura.
Investigators seized several computers, external hard drives, and media storage devices that contained more than 14,500 images of child pornography.
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