A former state correctional officer will spend the next 28 years in prison on child porn charges.
Patrick Wazny of Newport was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan.
The 40-year-old Wazny was arrested in 2008 at his Newport home by state authorities. He was indicted last year by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child porn and possession of child porn.
The feds say a multi-state investigation showed the man's computer had a large collection of child porn. The investigation also revealed that Wazny had repeatedly sexually abused at least one child and that he was in communication with another person who was sexually abusing children via a webcam.
Wazny worked for the Department of Correction for about a year at a prison in Pamlico County.