Statesville man sentenced to decade in prison on child porn charge

A Statesville man was sentenced to a decade in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty last year to possessing child pornography.

Forest Skidmore Jr., 48, will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after his release. He’ll also be subject to court monitoring.

Law enforcement agents became aware of Skidmore’s collection of child pornography between March 2012 and May 2012, according to federal prosecutors.

Skidmore was downloading the porn and sharing it over the Internet, prosecutors said.

Law enforcement agents obtained a warrant and searched Skidmore’s home, seizing his computer. A forensic examination revealed he possessed 166 images and 61 videos of children being sexually abused, including images of children younger than 5, prosecutors said.

“Court records show that the child pornography in Skidmore’s possession included at least 23 different children already identified by law enforcement as victims of child pornography,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Skidmore pleaded guilty in July to one count of possessing child pornography and has been in custody since. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.