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Registered sex offender sentenced to more than 17 years for child pornography

Michael Thomas Bassett Jr. was sentenced in federal court Wednesday. (Source: MGN Online) Michael Thomas Bassett Jr. was sentenced in federal court Wednesday. (Source: MGN Online)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Michael Thomas Bassett Jr., a registered sex offender from Wilmington, was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for child pornography charges to 17.5 years imprisonment followed by 20 years supervised release.

Bassett was indicted by a federal grand jury November 25, 2013.

Investigators received a tip alerting them Bassett had posted child pornography images on the social networking site Second Life.

After connecting the Second Life profile to Bassett, investigators, with the assistance of Bassett's estranged wife, were able to find 250 images and 105 videos of child pornography on his laptop.

Further federal investigations turned up multiple media storage devices with a total of 8,950 images of child pornography.

The FBI and SBI both investigated the case.

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