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Former Calhan teacher sentenced to nearly 4 years for possession of child pornography

KOAA Covering Colorado
Posted at 1:33 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 15:33:03-05

DENVER — A former Calhan teacher and resident of Colorado Springs has been sentenced to nearly four years of federal prison for possession of child pornography, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Patrick McMahon, 30, was sentenced Monday and will serve 46 months in prison with a five-year supervised release. The court also ordered him to pay $30,000 in restitution to the victims of his crime.

Law enforcement learned of McMahon's possession of child pornography after his ex-wife asked the Colorado Springs Police Department to analyze his laptop, which she had at the time and that he previously used to show her child pornography. After a search warrant was obtained, Colorado's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force's examination provided evidence that a "peer-to-peer file sharing program" contained child porn.

Following the laptop search, authorities were able to receive search warrants for McMahon's home, school and car that was conducted on Jan. 7, 2019. At the time, he was a teacher at a Calhan high school. The search revealed more child pornography on his cell phone and a custom desktop computer with two hard drives.

"Copies of all of the files depicting child pornography were provided to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC reported that 602 of the image files and two of the video files possessed by McMahon depict minor victims previously identified by law enforcement," the release stated.

McMahon was charged on April 18, 2019, and pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year on Jan. 16, 2020.
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