PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A Yarmouth man who induced two underage girls to send him pornographic images of themselves via text messaging has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 25-year-old Ronald Grant Thurston III was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to five years of probation upon release.
Thurston had pleaded guilty in July to possession of child pornography.
Authorities say he persuaded the girls to send him their pictures in January 2012.
Investigators later recovered those images and others when they executed a search warrant on Thurston’s computer and cellphone.