Dean Paul Stitz, 47, of Matthews was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. to 121 months in prison on child pornography charges, said Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Stitz was also ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.
Investigators said law enforcement became aware that Stitz was using a “peer-to-peer network” to distribute child pornography on the Internet in May of 2014. Law enforcement searched Stitz’s residence, seizing his laptop computer and an external hard drive.
Forensic analysis of those devices revealed that Stitz possessed over 600 images and videos of child pornography, some of which depicted minors engaging in sadistic and masochistic conduct.
He pleaded guilty in April 2016 to one count of distribution of child pornography, officials said. He is currently in custody.
All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. The investigation was led by FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lambert Guinn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.