Registered sex offender gets 17.5 years in prison in child porn case


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Submitted: Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:02pm
Updated: Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:14pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison in a child pornography case.

Michael Thomas Bassett Jr., 33, pleaded guilty in April to receipt of child pornography.

Federal prosecutors say in March 2013 law enforcement got a tip that an unknown person had posted child porn images on the social network Second Life. They got a subpoena for subscriber information and identified the account holder as Bassett, who was a registered sex offender living in Wilmington.

Forensic investigation of a laptop surrendered by Bassett’s estranged wife turned up 250 images of child pornography.

When officers arrested Bassett in September, they seized multiple storage drives and found 8,950 child porn images.

Bassett, who prosecutors say is from Ohio, was on the sex offender registry because of an out-of-state conviction.

7 Comments

  • Disgusted Father says:

    Great job to all law enforcement involved with catching this sub-human and my prayers are with his innocent victims.
    Anyone know who was his attorney??

  • Bmichellen says:

    That’s it?? 17.5 years? Really?? Am I the only person that thinks he deserves a Texas style punishment???? Wtf is wrong with people!! There is NOTHING more low life than a crime of this nature. I hope the word spreads like wild fire through the prison and he gets what he really deserves!!!!!!

  • Guestomfg says:

    This pervert doesnt deserve to live. How many children suffered while some sick pig took their pictures so this trash could get his rocks off !!! Disgusting ! Second life is a sick “game” to start with, tons of people making porn together in their pathetic fake avatar lives.

  • guesty says:

    He is the poster child for the use of the death penalty.

  • Anne says:

    Once a rapist/child predator, always a rapist/child predator. “Sex offender registry” and “supervised probation” is an exercise in futility. Incarcerate these sick folks for life, or get them off planet earth, and protect future victims.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    …potatoes pinched off! That’s the only “cure” for perverts like this! Prison time isn’t going to do it.

  • burgerboy says:

    look at them big old hoops in that old thing’s old ear-lobes, he needs a bone thru his nose and he would look like your typical democrat voter! lol :D

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