COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Prosecutors said a Colorado Springs man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.
According to court records, between Nov. 1, 2008 and April 15, 2011, 56-year-old Clifton Brett Bennett knowingly received material that contained child pornography. Further, on Jan. 23, 2013, investigators said Bennett knowingly possessed child pornography.
U.S. Postal Service inspectors contacted authorities after they determined that an individual who lived in Colorado Springs made more than $4,000 in purchases for over 100 child pornography videos over a number of years. A follow up investigation determined the individual was Bennett, according to a state affidavit of probable cause.
During a search of Bennett's home, detectives said they conducted a forensic review of his computer and found images of prepubescent boys who were nude and posed in sexually explicit positions with their genitals exposed.
Investigators said they also found DVDs containing child pornography, many of which were delivered via U.S. Mail from New York, and that Bennett also bought and downloaded child pornography as well.
In addition, authorities said they discovered that Bennett was a member of the "North American Man-Boy Love Association."
One he completes his sentence, Bennett will undergo 10 years of supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender.
Prosecutors said this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.