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Another prison term, but for real this time

A Shoshone County man who filled his computer with thousands of videos of children being sexually abused will spend the next 10 years in federal prison.

Kenneth Jack Hendryx, 58, of Silverton, Idaho, pleaded guilty to possessing sexually explicit images of minors in March and was sentenced last week by U.S District Judge Larry Alan Burns.

Hendryx will be on probation for 15 years after he's released. Hendryx was already a registered sex offender because of a state conviction in 1993 for abusing an 11-year-old girl in Shoshone County.

Hendryx was sentenced to 14 years in prison for that crime, but a judge retained jurisdiction over the case and he was released on probation one week after he was sentenced, according to U.S District Court documents.

He was released from probation in 1996 after completing sex offender counseling and education.

But Hendryx told police he'd been downloading and viewing child pornography on his computer for several hours each day when his home was raided last September, according to court documents.

The FBI and Shoshone County Sheriff's Office seized two computers and several hard drives containing child pornography during that search.

"The defendant's collection of child pornography recovered during the investigation of this case included images that were clearly sadistic/masochistic," according to federal court documents. "...Courts recognize that collectors of child pornography, such as Mr. Hendryx, contribute to the cycle of abuse and are, in part, responsible for the psychological and physical harm to the children used to produce the images."

Hendryx will likely spend his prison sentence in Massachusetts, court documents show.

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