A Tavernier man convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography was sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison Monday.
Michael Maran, of 88976 Overseas Hwy., was arrested in May after a computer sting operation that started in Fort Myers.
U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King sentenced Maran to a total of 293 months in prison on both felony counts.
According to court documents, Maran sent emails that contained images of underage girls having sex with adult men. He sent the images to a computer owned by another child pornography suspect known as "J.H." in Fort Myers, who consented to an FBI search of his email accounts, according to court documents.
Agents found that J.H. received emails from someone under the alias "Jack Frost" using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The two allegedly had been exchanging emails after finding each other on a website known as "JBHC," which the agent stated is an Internet acronym for "jailbait hardcore," according to court records.
Maran allegedly sent J.H. images of child pornography on Oct. 14, and four days later sent him 22 images of young girls, some of which agents determined to be pornographic, records state.
In February, the computer company Microsoft provided agents with the IP address assigned to the user of the email account email@example.com, which led them to the Comcast cable TV and Internet provider, which in turn told agents the email address was used at 88976 Overseas Hwy,, court records say.
Agents then raided that residence, where Maran allegedly admitted to using the alias Jack Frost, records state. Agents showed Maran child pornography images that were sent to J.H.'s computer on Oct. 18 and he allegedly admitted sending the pictures, records state.