- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - A former girls’ softball coach has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing child pornography.

Prosecutors say 76-year-old Nicholas Mazza of Powder Springs was sentenced Friday to serve seven years, three months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in May.

Prosecutors say he had more than 140,000 videos and pictures of young girls being sexually abused when he was arrested in November 2014.

Prosecutors say Mazza used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to look for and download child pornography online. Investigators got a warrant to search his house after they were able to download videos Mazza kept in a folder that made them available to others using the program.

Prosecutors say prior to his indictment he coached girls’ softball teams in Cobb County. He had not been accused of abusing any girls.

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