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Joshua Wayne Clemons, 40, was sentenced on child pornography charges on Thursday.

The Watauga Democrat reports Clemons was sentenced to 25 years in prison, was ordered to pay a $52,000 special assessment fee, to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison, for distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

According to the report, an investigation by the Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation, determined that Clemons was using a peer-to-peer network to download and transmit child pornography.

In November 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Clemons’ residence and seized numerous computer devices and a cell phone. The devices contained more than 755 images depicting the sexual abuse of children. On Aug. 11, 2020, Clemons pleaded guilty to the charges.

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell enhanced the sentence, based on Clemons’ prior convictions of indecent liberties with a a minor in December 1999, and his conviction of sexual battery and assault on a minor female in Forsyth County on Oct. 3, 2016.


In a separate case, Frank Darrell Cromwell, 24, of Boone (top image) has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.

According to the report, between December 2018 and February 2019, Cromwell used Snapchat to convince a minor victim that Cromwell was a female, and to communicate with the minor.

Cromwell admitted to inducing the minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct and to send explicit images and videos to Cromwell.

Cromwell faces a minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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