CLOVIS, NM (KCBD) - A Clovis man will spend seven and a half years in prison for a child pornography conviction. Authorities arrested Keith Benoit, 59 in July of 2009. Investigators say they discovered at least 100 images of child pornography on his computer. Monday, Benoit was convicted of 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and sentenced to serve his sentence in the New Mexico State Penitentiary.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler issued this release Monday: Keith Benoit, age 59, was sentenced to serve 7 ½ years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary for possessing child pornography.
The charges stem from July 2009, when Curry County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation to locate a computer that was downloading child pornography. Investigators routed the IP address to Keith Benoit's Clovis residence and confiscated his personal computer for a thorough forensic evaluation. The examination of the computer revealed multiple images of child pornography.
District Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the proceedings and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State. Keith Benoit was convicted of ten (10) counts of Possession of Child Pornography and sentenced to serve 7 ½ in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Following his prison term, Keith Benoit must serve an additional five (5) years of intensively supervised probation and is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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