- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former western Pennsylvania church youth worker will spend more than 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography, including some depicting adults performing sex acts with infants and violent content.

Andrew Patterson, 46, of Monroeville, pleaded guilty in January before U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer sentenced him to 151 months - or 14 years, seven months - in prison on Thursday.

Patterson was a volunteer with the Living Waters Family Worship Center in Irwin and resigned his position there hours before his arrest in October 2014.

He was first charged by state authorities after an undercover detective allegedly traced porn he found on the internet to Patterson’s computer.

Federal prosecutors took over the case and indicted Patterson two months later.

Patterson, his wife and daughter began attending Living Waters, the small nondenominational church about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, in the summer of 2014. By September, Patterson had persuaded the couple who pastored the church to allow him to start a youth ministry.

That group had met weekly about five times before his arrest, but Patterson was never alone with the youth participants, who were aged 12 to 18, the Rev. Sylvia Tryon, one of the pastors, told The Associated Press shortly after Patterson’s arrest. Other adults helped supervise the youth gatherings, she said.

According to the indictment, an undercover detective in another county first traced pornography to Patterson’s computer in June 2014. Patterson had more than 1,000 images and videos when he was arrested.

Some of the pornography depicted children under 12, including at least one image of an adult male and an infant. That raised the maximum sentence he faced from 10 to 20 years in prison. Patterson also faced a mandatory sentence of least five years in prison because he shared some of the images online.

Patterson has been jailed since his arrest. That incarceration counts against his sentence. Federal defendants can’t be paroled before serving their entire sentence, though they can earn up to 54 days a year for good behavior after their first year of incarceration.

Patterson’s public defender has a blanket policy of not commenting to the media.

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