Officer sentenced for possession, distribution of child porn while on duty

The feds say some of the victims were infants.

PHILADELPHIA — A 20-year Philadelphia Police Department veteran has been sentenced to spend the next 14 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

James Strohm, 49 of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 172 months in prison, 20 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $79,000 in restitution and more than $27,000 in special assessments, according to First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams.

The Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote in a news release, Strohm pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, back in July 2019.

It continued, the case started with a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from a gaming and social networking application about a user account, “fungirl12321,” which contained thousands of images depicting child pornography.

Then, investigators determined Strohm was viewing, downloading and distributing child pornography, including during hours when he was officially working as a Philadelphia police officer.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams reported some of the children sexually exploited were infants.

“James Strohm not only committed these crimes from his home, but also, abhorrently, while on duty as a police officer. He will now spend years behind bars where he will be unable to exploit the suffering of children any longer,” she said.

Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said Strohm even looked at the material “from police workspace.”

“Today’s sentencing sends a message that, no matter who you are, if you’re perpetuating the exploitation of children by seeking and trading this horrific content, the FBI will step in, put a stop to it, and see you brought to justice,” Driscoll explained.

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a program that brings together law enforcement and the communities to reduce the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.

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