SPRINGFIELD -- A Dalton man who admitted to possessing violent and sadistic child pornography is being held pending sentencing in October.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 25-year-old Jared Sprague was using a peer-to-peer computer network to share and receive child porn.

In October 2012, an undercover Homeland Security special agent was able to download child pornography that was later linked to Sprague’s home computer. The next month, federal agents and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Sprague’s Dalton residence and discovered a cache of nearly 100 files of child porn on the defendant’s computer that included "prepubescent minors" and "featured sadistic, masochistic, or violent conduct."

Sprague appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield before Judge Mark G. Mastroianni and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

He is being held pending sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 7.

He had been facing seven child porn-related charges, but as part of the plea deal between his attorney, Leonard H. Cohen, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow, the other charges will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.

Sprague agreed to serve between four and 61Ž2 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender, pay restitution to the minor females depicted in the child pornography collection, and forfeit his computer media.


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Sprague also faces a maximum $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Col. Timothy P. Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey E. Coe collectively made the announcement of findings, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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