- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A former soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing and distributing child pornography.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 29-year-old Joseph Thomas French pleaded guilty in March. He was arrested in February 2014 after a 10-year-old child told her parent that French had repeatedly raped her, beginning when she was 7 years old.

Court records say the rapes occurred on JBLM property and French recorded some of the assaults. Prosecutors say French committed some of the assaults while other people watched the rapes via Skype.

He was sentenced Friday in federal court in Tacoma.



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