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Lillington man gets 20 years on child porn charges

Posted October 29, 2010 12:46 p.m. EDT

— A Lillington man convicted on federal child pornography charges was sentenced Friday to nearly 22 years in prison.

William Joseph Black, 40, was found guilty in June of nine counts of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

Senior U.S. District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan also ruled that after his release, Black will be subjected to supervision for the rest of his life and must register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney George Holding said that Black's sentence was stiffer because of his criminal history. Black has convictions for third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and disseminating obscene literature to a minor under age 13, according to state Department of Correction records.

Holding said that the investigation began when the Harnett County Sheriff's Office received complaints that Black had assaulted three girls. In his home, investigators found child pornography on two computers and 53 discs, prosecutors said.