Phoenix charity worker sentenced to 170 years in child pornography case

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 1:00 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix charity worker has been sentenced to 170 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

John Landrum Jr., 55, was apprehended in January 2012 following an investigation by the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Police found numerous images and videos depicting child pornography on his computer in his South Phoenix home.

Landrum was indicted on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He was convicted on all counts following a 15-day trial. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Harriet Chavez imposed a prison term of 17 years on each of the counts to be served consecutively. 

"The actions of this defendant are as disturbing as they are dangerous given the multiple innocent children who were victimized in such an unspeakable manner to produce the material found in his possession and who have been identified as known victims by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

"Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our law enforcement partners on the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the appropriately severe penalties Arizona mandates for those who, as consumers of child pornography, provide the market for the sexual exploitation of children, we are able to hold these types of criminals accountable for the harm they perpetuate and the threat they pose to civilized society," Montgomery added.

Prior to his arrest, Landrum worked with the Salvation Army's Project Hope, which helps the homeless in Phoenix.
 

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