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Mesa man sentenced to 10 years for sharing child pornography

Thomas James Mattice (Arizona Attorney General's Photo)

PHOENIX — A Mesa man was sentenced to 10 years behind bars last week for his role in sharing graphic depictions online of underage children, authorities said Monday.

Thomas James Mattice, 59, was arrested in November 2017 and pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in September 2019.

Investigators with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office identified a Phoenix-area computer in August 2017 that was sharing the graphic depictions through a peer-to-peer file trading network, according to a release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The computer was traced to Mattice’s Mesa home, and a search warrant was served at it in November 2017.

Following his arrest, Mattice told investigators that the computer used to share the images belonged to him, according to the release.

One of the images was of a child whom doctors believed was less than 5 years old, according to the release.

Additionally, Mattice will have lifetime probation and be required to register as a sex offender following his release.

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