Petersburg man guilty in federal child porn case

A Petersburg man has pleaded guilty to possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography in a federal case that emanated out of Tennessee.

Tye Leif Petersen, 46, changed his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Juneau before Judge Timothy Burgess. He could be facing up to 20 years for each of the three felonies, and he will be sentenced in November.

The FBI in Juneau was alerted to the case by Tennessee law enforcement in July 2013, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska. Tennessee officials had located an email account belonging to Petersen that was involved in receiving and distributing images and videos depicting sexual exploitation of children.

The release states Petersen’s email account contained six videos of child porn. Further investigation by authorities revealed Petersen received and possessed 22 videos and 291 photographs of child pornography from a person in Tennessee.

The FBI then obtained search warrants for Petersen’s home and seized 11 CD-ROMs, five thumbnail drives, three detached hard drives and one Apple desktop. All contained child pornography images and videos, the release states.

Prosecutors say Peterson also identified another email account he used to distribute the illegal materials.

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