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A federal judge in Billings this week sentenced an Emigrant man to four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters also imposed 10 years of supervised release in sentencing Noah Roger Washa, 29, on Wednesday and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Washa pleaded guilty in July to possessing child pornography. Watters dismissed a distribution count as part of a plea deal. He faced a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno Baucus requested a nine year sentence, while Assistant Federal Defender Steve Babcock recommended a three year term, court records said.

An investigation began after DropBox.com reported to law enforcement in October 2015 that child porn images had been distributed over its server, the government said. The distribution involved about 41 images and 97 videos, many of which showed prepubescent children involved in sex acts with adults.

The investigation found that Washa had created the DropBox.com account.

Officers served a search warrant in August 2016 at Washa’s residence and seized electronic media. Washa acknowledged in an interview with investigators that he had used his DropBox.com account to upload child porn and that he knew it was illegal.

Watters continued Washa’s release and ordered him to self-surrender when assigned to a prison.

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Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.