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Former Springfield College employee sentenced to state prison on child pornography charges

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David Linnehan (File Photo / MassLive & Republican) David Linnehan (File Photo / MassLive & Republican)
NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

A Granby man who worked in Springfield College's information technology department was sentenced eight to ten years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and to using his position to illegally access students' computers and email accounts to steal private photos.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old David Linnehan had nearly one million child pornography images on computers, hard drives, and other electronic devices he owned.

Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced Linnehan to serve time at Cedar Junction state prison in Walpole, MA and is subject to five years' probation.

Authorities say Linnehan is also responsible for the creation of child pornography by encouraging a California woman to send him nude pictures of her young daughter.

He pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges.

Restrictions set to Linnehan that can be approved by a probation officer include:

- He must undergo evaluation treatment

- He cannot be employed by any company involving children

- He cannot be alone in public with a child under 16

- Must stay further than 100 yards from a school

- He cannot have contact with ANY victim from photographs

- He cannot own material involving children or adults

- He can only access computers and devices with approval by employer

- He cannot access internet except limitations on email

- Must pay $3,900 in restitution in monthly payments

- He must provide a DNA sample

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