Inmate faces longer sentence for distributing child pornography inside prison

Published: May. 6, 2021 at 7:14 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah inmate faces up to 40 more years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography inside a state prison transitional center.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia says Melton Padgett Jr. was in the Coastal Transitional Center in Savannah after serving a sentence for failing to register as a sex offender.

The Department of Justice says a tip to Georgia’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force led them to Padgett. They say he was sending the illegal images through a social media messaging service.

The DOJ says he has prior convictions for child molestation as well.

Padgett could also face financial penalties for the crime.

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