A Houston resident who had pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography has been sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison and a quarter century of probation after his release, according to a statement released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nicholas Martin Rogers, 29, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced Wednesday.
Rogers pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography on March 9.
U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced Rogers on Wednesday and determined Rogers was responsible for 87,000 pornographic images of children.
Hittner ordered Rogers to serve 25 years of supervised release after he is released from prison. During the supervised release, Rogers will have to comply with multiple special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit his use of the internet. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
When Rogers pleaded guilty, he admitted to possessing more than 12,000 images and 1,000 videos on March 3, 2011. The images displayed children under the age of 12 years old engaged in explicit sexual acts with adults.
The investigation into Rogers began when an FBI agent in Los Angeles and Chicago discovered a person sharing numerous files of child pornography, later identified at Rogers.
FBI Houston took the lead in the case against Rogers and later executed a search warrant at his Houston home with help from other members of the Innocent Images Task Force. They seized several items from the home including a thumb drive, four hard drives, a Dell computer, a Sprint smart phone, an SD chip, as well as several CD/DVDs, all of which contained child pornography. Rogers admitted at the time that he had large amounts of child pornography on his computer and that he could not get rid of anything.