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Temple woman sentenced to 188 months in prison for child pornography

Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 18:33:29-05

TEMPLE, TX — A Temple woman was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for child pornography.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, federal judge sentenced 33-year-old Lydia Brynn Christensen to 188 months in federal prison for possessing and distributing images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children including those of a female child under the age of two.

They said in addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Alan Albright ordered that Christensen pay $11,000 in restitution to her victims and be placed on supervised release for a period of 10 years after completing her prison term.

On June 2, 2020, Christensen pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

According to court records, authorities executed a federal search warrant at the defendant’s residence on August 30, 2019, based on information they had received about the contents of her cell phone. During the search, authorities seized the phone.

A forensic search of the phone revealed the presence of numerous images and videos depicting child pornography, including those of a female child under the age of two engaged in sexually explicit conduct with an adult male.

Also, authorities discovered numerous communications on the phone whereby Christensen had solicited, transmitted and received child pornography. The FBI and the Temple Police Department Special Crimes Unit conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Gloff prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.