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Smithfield man sentenced for child pornography

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RALEIGH — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Smithfield man to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

According to court documents, Mitch Hamilton Parrish, 44, possessed several images of child pornography when law enforcement agents searched his laptop computer. The agents also found internet search terms related to child pornography.

This is the second time Parrish has been convicted of possessing child pornography. In 2010, he was convicted in Franklin County Superior Court on three charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Parrish is also a registered sex offender.       

Homeland Security Investigations, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Cary Police Department and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted.