A Phoenix man accused of using a computer to share child pornography has been sentenced to one year in jail and lifetime probation with sex offender terms.
Maricopa County prosecutors said Jeffrey Eberlein, 24, was sentenced Friday.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
Eberlein was arrested in February 2011 and booked into jail on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating Eberlein in December 2010 and discovered he was using a file-sharing program to share images of very young children being sexually abused.
The file-sharing was facilitated by a file-transfer online network called Gnutella, a well-established peer-to-peer file sharing network.
Police reports indicate the network was accused in the past of distributing and sharing child pornography.
A search warrant led investigators to discover an unknown, "large quantity" of images in his possession back in mid-December, but Eberlein was not arrested until February because police had to "determine that what was contained" in the evidence they gathered, which included Eberlein's laptop, was actually "criminal in nature," according to police spokesman Steve Martos at the time of the arrest.
Police reports describe that behind multiple layers of password encryption was a folder on Eberlein's desktop containing multiple pictures of minors engaged in sex acts. The pictures include men performing sex acts with very small children.
Eberlein was unemployed at the time of his arrest, but some of his previous jobs allowed him access to children.
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