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BOISE -- A 33-year-old Idaho former resident will spend 30 years in prison for sexually exploiting children.

Michael Brian Clair, from Hazelton, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Boise.

Clair had pleaded guilty to filming two prepubescent minors he used to engage in sexually explicit conduct. He transported the images from Arizona to Idaho in late 2012.

Clair was also involved in trafficking sexually explicit images of 45 other children.

His crimes came to light while conversing via email with the undercover agent, when prosecutors say Clair made statements about having inappropriate sexual contact with a four-year-old female and discussed trading explicit images.

Law enforcement officers say the tough sentence underscores that child pornographers like Clair destroy innocent lives.

After he's released, Clair will spend 20 years under supervision.

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