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Man gets 12 years for child porn

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A man who fled child pornography charges in West Virginia will spend 12 years in federal prison after he was arrested in North Idaho with more than 200,000 explicit images of children on his computer.

Dennis J. Burke, 52, was sentenced Wednesday to 144 months in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene to transporting sexually explicit images of minors.

Burke was arrested in March 2009 after police responding to an assault at a Sandpoint motel learned of the pornography from an alleged victim.

Along with photos, investigators found 500 videos with explicit images of children in Burke’s possession.

Investigators identified photos from child pornography cases involving children in Washington, Montana, Florida, Kentucky, California, England, Russia, Belgium, Paraguay, Brazil, Australia and France, according to federal court documents.

Burke will be on probation for 10 years after his prison sentence.

Meghann M. Cuniff

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