Durham man sentenced to 12 years for child pornography

From Staff ReportsJune 7, 2014 

A federal judge has sentenced a Durham man to 12 years in prison for child pornography charges filed last year.

William Lee Ebenstein, 57, of 2914 Buckingham Road in Durham, was charged with seven counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

In addition to his prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles on Thursday ordered Ebenstein to serve 10 years of supervised release and pay a $10,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors say Ebenstein used the Internet to receive child pornography.

Ebenstein was a researcher in Duke’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. The university placed Ebenstein on leave after the charges were originally filed and fired him Nov. 15, according to spokesman Michael Schoenfeld.

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