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73-year-old man sentenced to 15 years on sex abuse conviction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A previously convicted sex offender, living in Allen County, Kentucky, was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a life term of supervised release on Thursday, according to a police press release.

Gerald Burnham, 73, was given the sentence by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for violating federal child pornography laws.

Burnham, of Adolphus, Kentucky, had previously pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment that charged him with receiving child pornography, by way of the United States Postal Service and the Internet. The indictment also charged him with possession of child pornography.

Burnham admitted to ordering the child pornography, through a website, from a company located outside the United States, and to downloading images of child pornography from the Internet. Burnham admitted to placing orders and making purchases of DVDs from the international company on 12 occasions between Nov. 3, 2010, and March 4, 2011. Those orders reportedly included 20 separate video titles from the company’s website.

Burnham spent a total of $510.50 in United States currency for the DVDs. Burnham was identified as a customer through an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and a foreign law enforcement agency. Law enforcement officials executed a federal search warrant at Burnham’s home in Kentucky in May 2013.

Among the items located and seized pursuant to the warrant were a desktop computer, DVDs (the ones ordered from the international company), framed photographs of nude boys, photo albums and a binder containing sexually explicit photos of male and female children, miscellaneous nudist books and erotic writings belonging to Burnham.

Information from the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry website showed that Burnham was a lifetime sex offender registrant. At the time of his arrest on the federal charges, Burnham was compliant with his sex offender registration requirement. The underlying conviction arose in Maine for unlawful sexual contact with a minor, possession of sexually explicit material, and sexual abuse of a minor.

Burnham reportedly sexually abused a child in Maine for eight years, beginning when the child was only eight years old.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The United States Postal Inspection Service led the investigation. The Allen County Sheriff’s Department assisted with execution of the Search Warrant.

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