An Alexander County man will spend more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to child pornography charges. 32-year-old Joshua Lynn Cook of Hiddenite was sentenced Monday (August 8) to 89 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees. The sentence was announced Tuesday (August 9) by Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Cook was also ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents and information introduced at the sentencing hearing, on April 14, 2014, law enforcement became aware that Cook was downloading and sharing child pornography on the Internet. On the same date, Cook shared child pornography with an undercover agent at least three times using a peer-to-peer network. During subsequent searches,law enforcement seized Cook’s electronic devices, including a computer and a cellphone.
Forensic analyses of those devices revealed that Cook possessed more than 6,000 images and 427 videos of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sadistic and masochistic or other violent conduct. Some of the images and videos contained identified victims of 123 different series of child pornography produced in various places, such as Washington, Germany and France.
Cook pleaded guilty in January 2016 to one count of transportation, one count of receipt and one count of possession of child pornography. He is currently in custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.