Appeals court upholds 24-year sentence for Sulphur man in child porn case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court has upheld a 34-year-old Sulphur man's sentence for a scheme using Facebook to get online

sex chat and sexually explicit photographs or videos from teenage boys.

Jamy Linn Church contended that 24 years and five months was unreasonable. He pleaded guilty in April 2012 to four counts each

of producing child pornography and of using interstate commerce to try to make a minor engage in criminal sexual acts.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the sentence was within properly calculated federal guidelines and

therefore was reasonable.

Prosecutors said more than 50 boys were victimized in 2009 and 2010 after answering contacts from Facebook pages that Church

created using names and images of high school girls.

He was arrested in January 2011.