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Martin County man heads to prison for large collection of child pornography

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:11:56 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 05:54:38 PM CST
JAMESVILLE, MARTIN COUNTY -

A man has been sentenced to prison for producing and collecting child pornography in Martin County.

Meredith Cook, 47, will spend 45 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $50,000, U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced Wednesday.

According to Walker, Cook traded child pornography over a peer-to-peer network run by child pornography traffickers. Investigators said they traced Cook's account to Jamesville, which lead to a search in November 2011.

Investigators said they discovered that Cook had collected hundreds of thousands of child pornography images and videos. Cook had also recorded his own sexual abuse of several children and had shared the images over the internet, according to Walker.

The victims were all younger than 7 years of age, Walker added.