Retired border agent convicted of sharing child porn

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kids-toysSAN DIEGO — A retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who used file-sharing programs to make child pornography available to others was convicted Thursday of federal charges.

Lawson Hardrick, 64, a former CBP supervisor, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced April 29 by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff.

According to evidence presented at trial, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted a probe into persons using file-sharing programs to make child pornography available to others.

Hardrick received videos of children as young as 4 and 9 years old through a file-sharing program between 2008 and 2010, according to evidence presented at trial.

A jury convicted Hardrick of two felony counts of the receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was indicted in July.