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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A former Port St. Lucie police officer was sentenced to life in prison for child pornography.
In February, Michael Edwin Harding, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession and distribution of material involving sexual exploitation of minors, attempting to coerce and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and production of child pornography.
According to court documents between July 23rd and August 4th, 2015, Harding posted a number of pictures videos to a chat room which depicted children engaging in sexually explicit acts.
On September 22nd, homeland security agents executed a federal search warrant at Harding’s home and seized his computer, cell phone and a thumb drive.
An analysis found they contained hundreds of pictures and videos of children engaged in sex acts with adults.
Harding, 28, also attempted to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity over the Internet. Chat messages stored on his phone show a conversation he had with another person. Both claimed to have custody of children who they would trade for sexual activity.
originally posted by: Slanter
He better hope they let him spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement.