Retired teacher sentenced to 6 years in prison for possessing child pornography

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A retired school teacher has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for possessing videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

Michael Paul Gillis, 65, of Jacksonville, Florida, was given a sentence of five years and ten months in federal prison and ordered to serve a ten-year term of supervised release, as well as to register as a sex offender and forfeit his computer media, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Gillis had pleaded guilty on April 27, 2022.

The retired school teacher came to the attention of the FBI during an investigation into an online network used for sharing child sexual abuse materials, when it was discovered that Gillis had accessed the network from his home.

In February, the FBI executed a search warrant at Gillis’s home and seized several computers belonging to Gillis containing at least 2,000 images and 150 videos depicting infants, toddlers, and other young children being sexually abused.

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