A Ferndale sex offender was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday, Jan. 28, for possession of child pornography, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.
Robert D. Sprague, 62, was previously convicted in Whatcom County Superior Court of two counts of first-degree child molestation in 1994 and one count of possession of child pornography in 2002. His most recent sentencing occurred in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
His sentence also includes lifetime supervised released.
Federal law enforcement officers found Sprague during a national investigation of child pornography websites that accepted payment from an online currency called E-gold. The investigation found that Sprague was using E-gold to buy child pornography, according to case files.
In September 2007, FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents served search warrants at Sprague's Ferndale home, seizing computers and multiple hard drives from a bedroom. An analysis of the computer and drives revealed hundreds of child pornography videos and thousands of photos.