BOISE A Mountain Home man will spend 17-and-a-half years in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of minor.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that 27-year-old Joseph Ebenhoeh was sentenced in federal court Wednesday. He appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

Ebenhoeh pleaded guilty in May to two counts of possessing sexually explicit images of minors.

This lengthy prison sentence demonstrates law enforcement's cooperative efforts to punish those who sexually exploit children, said Olson, and it also serves to protect other children from this predator.

Ebenhoeh confessed to investigators that he had been seeking out images involving children as young as two years of age being sexually abused for approximately 10 years.

He also admitted having sexual contact with a five-year-old child more than 30 times, starting in the spring of 2011.

Because of those admissions, Ebenhoeh is not eligible for parole. He must also serve 25 years on probation, forfeit his computer equipment and pay a $1,500 fine.

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