Oak Island man gets 35 years for more child porn charges

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Michael Butler (Photo: BCSO)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Oak Island was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for child pornography charges.

Michael Carl Butler, 31, will spend the next 35 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

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According to a news release, Homeland Security Investigations used undercover software to identify an IP address downloading child pornography and offering such files for download by others.

Officials say a search warrant was issued for the home address associated with the IP address. During a search, law enforcement confiscated multiple electric devices belonging to Butler.

A forensic examination of those devices revealed more than 90 images of child pornography. Butler also used social media accounts, such as Facebook, to contact and solicit underage girls to commit sexual acts.



Butler was indicted on September 26. Butler pleaded guilty to the charges on December 13.

Butler had previously been convicted of sex crimes against minors and was a registered sex offender.