A 41-year-old Hutchinson man was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for producing and receiving child pornography, U.S. District Court in St. Paul announced Friday.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced Jeremy David Mount to 262 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in February.

In February 2016, Homeland Security Investigations received information from an undercover officer from a United Kingdom police department regarding an individual who was sharing child pornography images online, according to the news release announcing the sentence.

Authorities identified the person as Mount after utilizing a search warrant, according to the release.

After searching Mount's Hutchinson apartment, authorities identified dozen of child pornography images he had traded and possessed using a computer and e-mail account. They also found a cellphone with several dozen images of a preschool-age child to "whom he had access," according to the news release.

"Homeland Security Investigations is committed to bringing to justice those who sexually exploit children," said Alex Khu, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in St. Paul. "Jeremy Mount will be incarcerated for nearly 22 years for his heinous acts. This case exemplifies the long reach of HSI, and its ability to coordinate and pursue investigative efforts with our international law enforcement partners."

Karen Zamora • 612-673-4647

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