PORTLAND — A Winslow man who collected and shared child pornography over the Internet was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to serve nine years in prison.

Jerry Blair III, 60, pleaded guilty on Nov. 2, 2012, to a charge of possession of child pornography and had remained free on bail before sentencing.

Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security raided Blair’s former home in Camden on July 19. They said he had been sharing several video files, using software that allows others to download from his computer, that showed children engaged in sexual activity. Agents seized a computer and disks containing child pornography from Blair’s bedroom, which was separate from his wife’s bedroom, according to court papers.

In addition to the prison term, Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Blair to serve 10 years of supervised release, register as a sex offender and pay $5,250 in restitution to cover therapy costs for one girl depicted in the images, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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