AG Hood: Pass Christian man downloaded thousands of child porn images

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Pass Christian man who investigators say downloaded thousands of pictures and images of child pornography will spend 15 years behind bars.

Paul Dybas, 48, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography Friday and was sentenced to 40 years, with 15 to serve.  He must also register as a sex offender upon his release.

At Friday's sentencing, Judge Lisa Dodson told Dybas he had a serious addiction that caused her great concern.

"We appreciate Judge Dodson taking such a strong stance on this sentencing," said Attorney General Jim Hood.  "A child is abused every single time a picture is downloaded and viewed.  We will lock-up those who victimize our children."

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office, through the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted with this case.  Prosecution was handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit.

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