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Maryland man sentenced to 22 years in prison for coercing, possessing child porn

GREENBELT, MD. — A Maryland man who posed as a modeling agent has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for coercing girls into sending him nude and sexually explicit photographs.

U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm also on Friday sentenced 44-year-old Stephen McGrath of Rockville to 25 years of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.

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McGrath pleaded guilty in November to possession of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor.

A court filing accompanying McGrath's guilty plea says he used internet-based chat applications to communicate with and solicit sexually explicit images from six girls, ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old. Justice Department officials say McGrath distributed explicit images of a 14-year-old to two of her friends.

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