Billie Joe Harris, Jr., a 53-year-old Santa Ana pest control company employee, was sentenced on Tuesday to a prison term of 210 months for distributing child pornography on the Internet, according to the OC Weekly, which also reported that the sentence was extra harsh because the felon had already been convicted in a 1987 case of lewd and lascivious contact with a minor.
According to court documents, during an online conversation with an undercover FBI agent, Harris provided a password for locked folders containing child pornography in his online Gigatribe account. Federal authorities described Gigatribe as an online platform that is considered a “haven” for traders of child pornography. Among the images and videos the agent accessed in Harris’ account was one involving a “prepubescent minor,” according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading