Pilot Todd Ewanko Grounded, Sentenced for Child Porn to 151 Months in Prison
The 151-month sentence from U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt is in addition to 120 months on the possession charge, but the sentences are concurrent, not consecutive.
Ewanko, was arrested in July 2010 after investigators found "more than six encrypted 1 terabyte hard drives with millions of images of child sexual abuse images" that comprised his Internet collection of porn. Ewanko pleaded guilty on February 6 of this year.
Once Ewanko gets out of prison he will spend the rest of his life on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $3,000 to one of his victims.
According to a release from United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson:
On June 20, 2010, an undercover officer with the Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 4, was conducting an online investigation into the trafficking of child pornography when the officer observed a particular computer actively advertising files for sharing which, based on their titles, appeared to be child pornography. The officer successfully downloaded eight of the 25 available files, one of which depicted a nude prepubescent female lying on a bed on her back, tied up with nylon rope with her genitals exposed in a lascivious manner. The computer was traced to Ewanko in Humble.
On July 1, 2010, officers executed a state search warrant at his residence, at which time they seized a large quantity of computer hardware and storage devices. Of those, two laptops, two desktop computers with a total of 10 hard drives, a digital picture frame and two external hard drives were all found to contain child pornography. Officers also found a number of CD/DVDs, some with a picture label that was itself child pornography and some with written labels indicating it contained child pornography. The officers also noted that the screen saver on a computer also depicted child pornography. The forensic exam on the equipment yielded millions of images and videos containing child pornography or child erotica.
He has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.