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2 Alabama men sentenced in child porn cases

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A judge Thursday sentenced two Millbrook men to prison in separate cases involving child pornography, justice department officials said.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller sentenced 22-year-old Joshua Wayne Hester to 292 months in federal prison for producing child pornography and lifetime supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leura Canary said in a statement.

Hester pleaded guilty in November to the child pornography charges. Canary said in the statement that between January 2005 and May 2005, Hester caused two girls — then 13 and 14 — to engage in sexual intercourse with him for the purpose of taking pictures of the acts.

Fuller also sentenced 50-year-old Daniel L. Platt, to ten years in prison and lifetime supervised release for possession of hundreds of images of children involved in sexually explicit activities.

Platt, a former Millbrook Middle School teacher, pleaded guilty to the child pornography charges in March.

Platt also faces charges for sexual abuse and sodomy of an 11-year-old girl, who was never his student. He was arrested on those charges in March. If convicted, he could receive a year and a day to ten years in prison for the abuse charge and 10 years to life for the sodomy charge.

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