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Man gets prison for child porn that topped 15,800 images and videos

John Hogan/WZZM-TV • May 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — A Muskegon County man who amassed nearly 15,600 images and 226 videos of child pornography, some showing kids being raped, was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison.

Pornography found at the home of Eric Lee Dykman, 33, included files named “sucky,’’ “sadie’’ and “daddy.’’

“The majority of the children depicted in those files are pre-pubescent children,’’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Davin M. Reust wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Downloaded pornographic images involved children “who appeared to be less than 8 years old being orally, vaginally and anally penetrated by adults,’’ court records show.

The offenses occurred between December 2014 and September 2015, according to a federal indictment. Dykman was snared as part of a sweeping federal investigation called Operation Pacifier.

Dykman, a full-time factory worker, appeared for sentencing Thursday in a Grand Rapids federal courtroom. In addition to prison, U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff ordered Dykman to spend five years on supervised release, pay $6,000 in restitution and a $5,100 special assessment.

Dykman was indicted in October 2018. A search of his electronic devices turned up the child pornography, federal court records show.

He pleaded guilty in February to receipt of child pornography, which is punishable by a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison. It also requires sex offender registration. In exchange for his plea, a second child pornography charge was dismissed.

As part of Operation Pacifier, the FBI installed a device called the Network Investigative Technique on Dykman’s computer when he logged into the Onion Router, a dark web service, federal court records show.

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