Former ABC News producer James Gordon Meek was sentenced to 72 months in prison for transportation and possession of child sexual abuse material, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Friday. 

Gordan Meek, who had worked for ABC News for nearly ten years until an investigation into his possession of child porn allegations began last year, was convicted on federal charges of transporting and possessing child sex abuse material in July. 

The six-year sentence comes after federal prosecutors argued in court that the former ABC reporter should receive between 12 ½ and 15 years in prison considering the nature of his crimes. 

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James Gordon Meek

Former ABC News producer James Gordon Meek was sentenced to 72 months in prison for transportation and possession of child sexual abuse material, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced on Friday.  (Twitter/James Gordon Meek)

The prosecutors detailed Meek’s actions in court papers that were filed last Friday. In them, prosecutors Zoe Bedell and Whitney Kramer wrote, “He clearly sought out individuals across the internet for the specific purpose of sharing (and expanding) his [Child Sexual Abuse Material] collection for his sexual gratification.”

They noted that Meek sent and received pornography of “infants and toddlers” as well as content “depicting sadistic and masochistic abuse of prepubescent children.”

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In his search for the content, Meek solicited lewd images from underage individuals and even posed “as a minor himself.” According to court documents, law enforcement found text message conversations between the former journalist and two girls – a 14-year-old and 15-year-old – who sent him pictures of their breasts.

The same messages included a video of himself “naked and holding his penis in his hand.”

The investigation into the ex-journo began last year after the FBI received a tip that videos involving the sexual abuse of children were associated with Meek. Law enforcement raided his home in Arlington, Virginia thereafter.

An FBI affidavit revealed that agents found dozens of child pornography images in the search that he had been collecting since 2014.

At the time Meek had been working as an investigative producer at ABC News. He had been at the outlet’s Washington bureau since 2013, after working at the New York Daily News for some time.

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During his career, Meek also served as senior counterterrorism adviser and investigator for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. In 2017, his breaking news coverage of shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub received an Emmy.

Immediately after the raid on Meek’s home, he resigned from ABC News. He was arrested on charges of alleged transportation of images of child sex abuse in January.

In court documents filed Monday, Meek’s lawyer, Eugene Gorokhov asked for no more than the minimum sentence, and argued that the prosecutors’ recommendations were “excessive.”

Gorokhov claimed that “Meek’s criminal conduct in this case is completely at odds with his proven personal values,” and appealed to the defendant being a father of two girls. The defense lawyer also argued that Meek’s coverage of the war on terror in the Middle East affected “his mental health.”

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ABC News didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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