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Phoenix man sentenced to 170-year prison term for child porn

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 170 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

In November 2011, investigators with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found thousands of child-porn pictures and videos on a computer owned by 55-year-old John Landrum, Jr. They did it by using computer forensics to trace an IP address to that computer.

When authorities went to Landrum's house to serve a search warrant, "He answered the door with no clothes on, and the computer in his master bedroom was actively running software called Bearshare, with a search term specific to child pornography," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Montgomery said that what investigators found over 3,000 files containing child porn, including 751 videos. Some of the files dated to the 1990s. Much of the material contained children under the age of 15 taking part in sexual acts with adults.

There are reasons why Landrum was prosecuted only on 10 counts. "We don't charge a count for every single item that a defendant may have," Montgomery said. "If he had been sentenced to the minimum, it still would have been 100 years, with each 10-year count consecutive."

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Harriet Chavez sentenced Landrum to 17 years for each of the counts.

Montgomery said that the jury was another reason why he limited the number of counts. "There's only so much a jury can take in viewing these images. And, yes, the jurors had to look at this. Also, police officers, prosecutors, and investigators have to look at this stuff in order to be able to charge the cases and write the reports.

"The actions of this defendant are disturbing," said Montgomery. "They are dangerous given the multiple innocent children who were victimized in such an unspeakable manner to produce the material found in his possession."

He said many of the children have been identified as known victims by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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