Former Army Medic Gets 16-year Sentence for Child Porn

A U.S. District judge ordered a 44-year-old man to spend 16 years in federal prison for having more than 12,000 images of child pornography, several years after he was court-martialed for the same crime.

Alan Douglas Eslinger, a registered sex offender and former U.S. Army medic who was living in rural Northwood, N.D., pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child porn and three counts of possession of child porn in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced him Monday to 16 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fargo.

It is not the first time Eslinger has been caught with child pornography. In 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces upheld a court-martial ruling that convicted Eslinger of possessing child porn and sentenced him to three years imprisonment with a bad-conduct discharge, according to the court opinion.

The court-martial convicted Eslinger in 2007 after his then-girlfriend of two years told law enforcement she had found images of child porn on his computer.

North Dakota investigators found Eslinger's current cache of child porn in September 2014 after carrying out a search warrant at his storage garage unit south of Grand Forks and finding about 12,000 images and 900 videos on his laptops.

Investigators found out a computer in North Dakota was sharing child porn through a file-sharing network and then traced the IP address--similar to a home address for a computer--to a storage garage south of Grand Forks.

In chatroom conversations filed in U.S. District Court, Eslinger said he fantasized about sexually assaulting young girls. North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents found the chatroom conversations on Eslinger's computers while examining their contents, court records show.

Army record

In 2007, investigators found Eslinger had downloaded child porn while deployed in Iraq and while stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Carson in Colorado. He was found with more than 1,700 images of child porn then, some involving children younger than 2 years old.

Before his conviction in 2007, Eslinger served for 18 years in the Army, according to the appellate court opinion.

A decorated sergeant first class, he had at least three combat tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.

In 2007, fellow Army men testified on his behalf, including Capt. Timothy Coffman, a battalion physician assistant, who called Eslinger "my best medic," according to the opinion.

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