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Final Defendant In Child Porn Case Sentenced To 7 Years

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The fifth and final defendant who admitted to being involved in an online child pornography ring was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison.

Kevin Kaller Wright, 44, pleaded guilty a year ago in Los Angeles federal court to conspiracy to transport, receive, distribute and possess child pornography.

He was among five men charged in connection with “Quest4More,” a Los Angeles-based Internet bulletin board for men who have a sexual interest in children.

The other four defendants also pleaded guilty over the past year — one of them last December and the other three in March — to being members of the bulletin board, whose members “advocated the sexual torture of children,” according to court documents.

“Quest4More” was a secret bulletin board that allowed members to post and view pictures and videos, which often depicted very young children, sometimes being tortured or in bondage, prosecutors said.

The defendants previously sentenced are:

– Michael Pharis, 51, of Las Vegas, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison;
— Daniel Murphy, 53, of Millville, N.J.. who was sentenced to 151 months in prison;
— Paul Challender, 54 of Big Rapids, MI., who was sentenced to 151 months in prison; and
— William Ho, 39, of Hacienda Heights, who was sentenced to 135 months in prison.

Law enforcement was alerted to the group following the arrest of one of its members in 2008. Each defendant made hundreds of posts to the bulletin board. Wright, for example, was one of the more prolific users with more than 400 posts, although he did not post any pictures to the site, prosecutors said.

Wright was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release after he gets out of prison, while his co-defendants were sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release following their prison terms, federal prosecutors said.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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