A local man is headed to prison for downloading and sharing tens of thousands of child pornography images.
28-year-old Michael Coward of Pitt County was 26 when the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began their investigation.
The SBI says they found Coward received and stored more than 31,000 child pornography images and unknowingly shared 120 of those files with an undercover agent.
In late 2012, while out on bond for the child porn charges, Coward was convicted of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child.
Now Coward will spend a little more than 19.5 years behind bars. He also faces 20 years of supervised probation once he is released.