Plantation man sentenced in child pornography case

James E. Price, III sentenced to 13 years in prison

Published On: Mar 22 2013 04:57:08 PM EDT

Authorities say a Plantation man was sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with his previous conviction for distribution and possession of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams sentenced 42-year-old James E. Price, III to 13 years in prison, to be followed by 25 years of supervised release upon his release from imprisonment.

Attorneys said restitution will be determined at a later date.

According to court documents and three days of testimony during trial, the case originated from a South Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force investigation into an individual suspected of possessing and trading child pornography using a peer to peer file sharing network.

Authorities said the individual was later identified as Price.

A search warrant was executed on Price's residence, where agents say they discovered a hard drive hidden behind boxes in the home.

Subsequent examination revealed that the hard drive was protected by encryption and contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, according to authorities.