A Cary man has been sentenced to 151 months in prison for distributing child pornography over the Internet.
Jeffrey Torian Phelps was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
Phelps was arrested in July 2009 following a joint investigation by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Cary Police Department. Police found Phelps was sharing child pornography over the Internet using peer-to-peer software. He was arrested in a hotel room with a passport, travel brochures, a packed suitcase and cash, and told investigators then that he was planning to leave the country.
According to arrest warrants, Phelps was charged with 13 counts of of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Police seized Phelps's home computer in July and found 13 videos showing boys - ranging in age from 8 to 14 years old - engaged in different sex acts, warrants said.
He was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national program targeting criminals who sexually exploit and abuse children.