A former Bailey Island resident who was caught by federal authorities trading child pornography in 2012 was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to serve 2½ years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Carl E. Johnson, 51, currently of Old Orchard Beach, had pleaded guilty Sept. 5, 2013, before Judge Nancy Torresen to a charge of possession of child pornography.

An undercover agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began investigating Johnson in June and July 2012 after discovering that he had used peer-to-peer computer software to access and share sexually explicit videos and photos of children, according to court records.

Agents executed a search warrant on Nov. 14, 2012, at Johnson’s former home on Bailey Island, seizing a computer with 292 images and 54 videos of child pornography, court records say.

Johnson was allowed to remain free until June 25, when he was ordered by the judge to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons. Torresen also ordered Johnson to pay $5,000 in restitution for ongoing counseling of one child victim.

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