DENVER - A former preschool teacher pled guilty to distribution of child pornography and was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison.
David Moe, 46, of Denver, was also sentenced to ten years on supervised release after he leaves prison and he must pay restitution of $5,000 to each of three victims.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Moe was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to transfer the illegal files. An undercover detective was unable to download one of the files, but was able to determine the file contained child pornography.
From there, the Internet Protocol address was traced to Moe's home. The house was searched on July 24, 2012 and investigators found computers, hard drives, CDs and DVDs containing child pornography.
At the time of his arrest, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said Moe was teaching Cultural Rhythms/Enrichments to children between the ages of 3 and 5 at Paddington Station preschool in Denver. He had worked there for 18 years.
Federal investigators found that Moe had possessed child pornography for at least 10 years and he had been distributing and receiving child pornography since at least 2007. Moe's child pornography collection included pornographic depictions of children as young as toddlers, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
According to the plea agreement, a thorough review of all of the images and videos possessed by Moe reflected no evidence that he had created or produced child pornography. Instead, he pled guilty to distributing existing child pornography.
"The conduct the defendant was sentenced for today is reprehensible," U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement. "Moe spent 10 years collecting nearly 2,000,000 images of children engaged in explicit sexual conduct, all the while working as a preschool teacher."