A former Portland man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Jasper Blair, 37, now lives in Oklahoma City and was sentenced Thursday in a Portland courtroom. He pleaded guilty on May 31 to knowingly possessing an image of a young girl being sexually abused.
He worked as an employee with the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs in January 2010 when the investigation began.
The department discovered a suspicious email routed through the office's servers that showed Blair was using his government-issued laptop to communicate with another person about child pornography.
Blair admitted he solicited and received an email with the image of a 6-year-old girl. Investigators said the image was one of many produced by a local couple who are currently serving prison sentences of 49 years and 46 years respectively.
When Blair is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender and will serve a 10-year period of supervised release.
During that time he must go through a sex offender assessment and treatment program. He also cannot have any contact with minors without prior approval, and his access to computers and the internet will be restricted.
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