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February 21, 2019

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Las Vegas man sentenced to 18 years for distributing child porn

Hundreds of child pornography files cycled through a Las Vegas man’s electronic devices, some which he shared on his Yahoo Messenger application.

And when federal agents began investigating him, they found that Steven Wilson, 35, had also tried to sexually abuse a child, who lived in his east valley apartment, according to the office of the U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada.

On Jan. 29, Wilson was handed a prison sentence of up to 15 years for attempted sexual assault, while a judge on Wednesday tacked on another 18 years for distribution of child pornography, officials said. He faces a lifetime supervision after he’s released.

Sometime before March 2017, Wilson’s email address was flagged for having uploaded seven illicit images on the Yahoo app the previous November, according to sentencing documents.

That led agents to his physical address, an apartment at 5101 E. Twain Ave., near Nellis Boulevard and Flamingo Road, the documents show.

At about the time the warrant was being served, investigators contacted the victim at a school where the child disclosed suffering sexual abuse by Wilson, the documents show. The child alleged Wilson would show the victim some of the files, which he described in terms such as “good stuff,” the sentencing documents show.

Wilson admitted to possessing and distributing the files on Yahoo and chat rooms, the documents said. In total, investigators found more than “750 images and videos of child pornography, including 44 images and videos depicting infants and toddlers and numerous images depicting violence,” officials wrote in a news release.