TACOMA, WASH. — A former soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for producing and distributing child pornography, including a video of him molesting a 3-year-old child.
U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle imposed the sentence this week on Arron D. Burton in federal court in Tacoma.
Burton pleaded guilty in January.
According to the plea agreement, Burton was living at the base near Tacoma in late 2012 when he came to the attention of law enforcement because of the child pornography he distributed on the Internet. Warrant searches of Burtonís computers showed more than 100 images and 27 videos of child pornography.
Following his release from prison, Burton will be required to register as a sex offender.