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Former Kinston fire captain sentenced to 188 months imprisonment for child porn

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A former Kinston fire captain was sentenced to 188 months in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty to a child pornography charge.

Thomas Andrew Taylor, 53, of Grifton, was sentenced in federal court to 188 months in prison with 15 years supervised released, the Department of Justice said in a release.

Philadelphia law enforcement discovered Taylor was using a screen name to post child pornography in September 2012, authorities said.

Facebook reported Taylor to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in late December 2012 after he posted an image of child pornography on the social networking site, authorities said.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Taylor's residence in May 2013, authorities said. Taylor agreed to a noncustodial interview with law enforcement during that time.

Taylor admitted to authorities he used his Yahoo! And Gmail accounts to trade child pornography.

Authorities said on the way to the interview, Taylor threw his laptop into a creek of U.S. Highway 158 in Kinston. The laptop was recovered and a forensic examination pulled 334 images and 34 videos of child pornography from the computer, authorities said.

Taylor pled guilty to one count receipt of child pornography March 26, 2014.

The Department of Justice said Taylor served a Kinston's fire captain and a reserve deputy for the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

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