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Child porn nets Va. man 5 years

Federal prosecutors say a Woodbridge man has been sentenced to five years in prison for distributing child pornography.

Fifty-five-year-old Dennis Craig Bell, who pleaded guilty in August, was sentenced on Thursday.

According to court documents, Bell used a peer-to-peer network to distribute child pornography files.

Prosecutors said he downloaded child porn at home and at work. He retired from the Capitol Police after his arrest.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | October 22, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
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i wish you would name the specific peer-to-peer network used for this crime or in general when reporting these types of crimes.
Because I am not looking for this type of material, it could be on networks i use without my knowledge and I would like to avoid these places if I knew what/where they were.
Why do these peer-to-peer networks get shielded by your paper?
The criminals out there already know about them. But it would be helpful to those of us who don't, so we can be wary and restrict access for our children.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

this man needs to be sentenced longer. he is disgusting and gross, how could they let him out in 5 years?!? Who knows what he would do after he gets out. he's a freak that needs to be out of the world.

Posted by: jasminebeele | October 22, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Remove the genitals please. No more urge to purvey bad thoughts or actions.

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | October 22, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Just bury this guy in prison for so long even his own family forgets about him.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson - This is an AP feed. It is a few lines taken from the public record. They probably don't know the actual program used. The only legitimate purpose that I know of for P2P file sharing is on a closed network - like for a job where lots of people need to access the same files all the time. Most other uses are illegal. For example, sharing music files is detectable by police and can incur serious fines. Your kids should not have access to P2P programs, period.

Posted by: NerdieMom | October 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

At least he'll be getting a different kind of peer-to-peer networking in the joint. If only his sentence were longer.

Posted by: nadie1 | October 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

instant messenger programs are also p2p and have file sharing, as are online gaming systems that have user forums or websites like 4chan. Myspace, facebook, or even just email also has elements of a p2p network. you can file share on a smart phone.

When someone is robbed on the street, the news report will let us know where this crime took place.

The same should hold true for internet crime.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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