POCATELLO, Idaho — A 32-year-old eastern Idaho man who produced child pornography by sexually abusing a 4-year-old child has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Joseph Lavern Harris of Rigby received the sentence Wednesday in U.S. District Court that also includes a lifetime of supervised release after prison.

Harris pleaded guilty in March to sexual exploitation of a minor child.

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Investigators say that in February they responded to a Jefferson County home where Harris lived following allegations of child abuse.

Investigators discovered images of the sexual abuse on his phone, and Harris in court admitted he created the images.

Harris will be required to register as a sex offender.

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