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PEORIA — A Washington man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for receiving child pornography using social media.

After his prison term, Eric Ingram, 31, will be on supervised release for eight years and required to register as a sex offender, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm ruled.

Ingram pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 4, two months after Washington police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers executed a search warrant at his home and seized various electronic media, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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In September 2018, Facebook had notified Washington police about sexually explicit messages between Ingram and a 15-year-old girl, the statement said. The girl confirmed to police that Ingram requested she perform sexually explicit conduct and send him pictures via Facebook.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Legge prosecuted the case, brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to child sexual exploitation.

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