A Hutchinson man was sentenced Tuesday to 7 ½ years in federal prison for downloading child pornography from the internet, the U.S. Attorney’s office reported.

Shane Ragsdale, 31, pleaded guilty in September to one count of receiving child pornography. In his plea, he admitted he used a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download photos of children egnaged in sex.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed four other counts for distributing child pornography, for sharing photos and videos over the Internet.

The original indictment accused Ragsdale of downloading and then sharing photos of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts at least four times between January 2014 and Oct. 17, 2017. The activity was discovered by law enforcement who, on multiple occasions between April and October 2017 were able to download files from the defendant.

Prosecutors, noting Ragsdale’s “conduct and characteristics include a long-term involvement with child pornography, long-term use of the BitTorrent file-sharing program (and)… continuation in the behavior despite familial intervention,” had sought an 8 ½ year sentence, followed by five years of supervised probation.

The negotiated sentencing range for the court to consider, however, according to filings in the case, ranged from 85 to 109 months.

The defendant submitted 14 letters to the court from family and friends, 12 of which advocated for probation, house arrest, or no prison, a court filing stated.

As part of the plea, Ragsdale forfeited his Dell computer and an Apple iPhone.