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Child Porn Distributer Caught… On Craigslist

Larry Vance went on Craigslist to look for illegal images. He was sentenced to more than 5 years behind bars

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Jun 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM ET

A Chattanooga, Tennessee, man was sentenced to 70 months in prison and another 15 years probation for distributing child porn via a very public forum.

Larry Vance, 29, was apparently very open about his predilections. He wrote about them on Craigslist, a public forum that anyone can access, including the Texas law enforcement officers who saw his posts and began to investigate him, according to the Department of Justice’s statement.

In 2014, The Times Free Press reported that Vance’s ex-girlfriend was charged with producing and distributing child porn. The child was her son, and she was accused of taking the photos to give them to Vance. Vance then apparently discussed the images on Craigslist, and asked if anyone out there had more child porn to send him, with little or no attempt at secrecy. He also sent the images to others. Prosecutor Terra Bay felt that Vance’s exceedingly public activity merited a stronger sentence, as it showed that he was “condoning this behavior and encouraging it.” She didn’t get her wish.

The former craft beer tour operator pleaded guilty in December 2015. His lawyer told the Chattanoogan that her client was “very upset that he allowed himself to wander into this dark place” but that he had a “lot of positive qualities,” including his entrepreneurship and his computer skills.