Lexington man gets 10 years for receiving child pornography
Scott Eric Fernquist, 22, of Lexington, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Columbia, for receiving child pornography, according to a press release from US Attorney Beth Drake.
US District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Fernquist to 10 years in prison, $4,000 restitution, and 25 years of supervised release. During his term of supervised release, Fernquist will be required to register as a sex offender, attend sex offender treatment, refrain from contact with children. He must also refrain from using the internet without supervision, and submit to random polygraph examinations.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Fernquist was trading child pornography on the internet in 2013 from April to June.
The case was investigated by agents of the Lexington Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day II of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.