OAKLAND -- A Brentwood man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday.

Kyle Robert James, 27, pleaded guilty in December after being indicted 11 months earlier, said Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. According to court documents, James distributed images and videos of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent using a peer-to-peer computer program on May 13, 2010. He did the same thing again on Nov. 1 of that year, prompting an FBI search the following May.

During the search, the FBI seized computers and external storage media, Haag said. A forensic examination of the items revealed tens of thousands of child pornography files on the computer and numerous chats by James with other traders of child porn.

The sentence handed down on Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken requires James to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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