SOUTH BEND – Christopher M. Bangs, age 25, of LaPorte, Indiana was sentenced before District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for transporting child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
Bangs was sentenced to 88 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $27,500 total to six victims depicted in his child pornography collection.
According to documents in this case, from on or about April 17, 2017 to about May 17, 2017, Bangs uploaded and downloaded images and videos depicting child pornography using the internet. Bangs admitted that he possessed about 1,000 child pornography images and about 50 videos, some of which depicted sadistic images involving children and prepubescent children under the age of 12.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security with assistance from the Indiana State Police and the Saskatchewan, Canada Police Service. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Maciejczyk.