Spokane youth umpire will spend 17 years in prison for distributing child pornography

Spokane youth umpire will spend 17 years in prison for distributing child pornography
WA Department of Corrections
Matthew Lee Lane was convicted and sentenced for distributing child pornography. 

A former Spokane youth baseball umpire convicted of distributing and possessing child pornography will spend 17 years in prison.

Matthew Lee Lane, 48, will also spend his life under court supervision.

Lane was convicted by a jury in June. Evidence showed he downloaded thousands of images of child pornography on the internet, then shredded all of them in an effort to elude law enforcement.

The Department of Justice said Lane also transmitted images of child pornography to an undercover FBI Agent, which led to a federal search warrant at his North Spokane home.

Authorities found child pornography on his digital devices, including log files and memes involving the kidnapping and sexual exploitation of children.

The DOJ said Lane was a youth baseball umpire at the time he was engaging in child exploitation online. Prior to this, Lane was convicted of rape.

“Child pornography victimizes the most innocent and vulnerable in our communities. By distributing child pornography, Matthew Lee Lane further victimized the children depicted in the horrifying images, and helped perpetuate the market for such images. This sentence should serve as a warning to people who may collect or trade child pornography, they will be actively pursued by federal, state and local law enforcement officers,” said United States Attorney William Hyslop.

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