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Alhambra man sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison on child pornography charges

A rural Alhambra man arrested in July during a federal raid that included the use of several tactical units and a Black Hawk helicopter has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison.

Robert E. Godsey, 35, was sentenced on March 13 after having pleaded guilty on Dec. 11 to charges of receiving, distributing and possession of child pornography.

On July 8, a swarm of heavily armed federal agents and local law enforcement converged on Godsey’s home, which he shared with others in rural Olive Township, between Livingston and Alhambra, to execute a search warrant. When executing the warrant, authorities seized a Samsung notebook computer from Godsey’s bedroom.

According to prosecutors, on the same day that the search warrant was executed, Godsey provided a videotaped statement in which he admitted collecting and trading images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct with other collectors of child pornography via the Internet.

Godsey said that he was the only user of the Samsung notebook computer, and that there would be some images and/or videos depicting minors under the age of 12 (prepubescent minors) engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to court records.

A forensic review of the notebook computer revealed numerous video and image files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and, as acknowledged by Godsey, some of these images and videos were of minors under the age of 12. Investigators also found the emails with such images.

Godsey, who has been detained since pleading guilty, could have been sentenced to anywhere from five years to life in prison.

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