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Central Ohio man sentenced to 18 years in prison for creating child pornography

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 34-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for photographing his sexual abuse of a young child.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jeremiah Malfroid of suburban Columbus was sentenced Friday by a judge who called his crimes "disgusting." He had pleaded guilty in April to production of child pornography.

Malfroid was charged in October with creating pornographic images of children and receiving child pornography between 2007 and 2013. The complaint said Malfroid's face was visible in some of the hundreds of photos of abuse found on his computer.

He became a fugitive but was caught in California in December after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement profiled his case on its smartphone app and posted information on Facebook that was shared nearly 200,000 times.

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