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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Paola man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography was sentenced Thursday, June 13, to 70 months in federal prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay $5,000 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Fund and $3,000 to each of 15 victims who requested restitution, according to the release.

Joel Haines, 61, of Paola pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. At sentencing, the prosecutor said investigators found 1,433 digital child pornography images on Haines’ computer. The images included children under the age of 2 being sexually abused, as well as images of girls ages 6 to 12, according to the release.

McAllister commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Flannigan for their work on the case.

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