A judge sentenced a Lewisville man to 13½ years in federal prison Friday for his alleged role in a child-pornography social media group, authorities said.

Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. of U.S. District Court sentenced Kip Landon Kale, 38, to 162 months in prison after Kale pleaded guilty in March to one count of distribution of child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Tilley also placed Kale on 25 years of supervised probation after he is released from prison and ordered to him to pay $5,000 to the victim depicted in a video that he was accused of distributing, the Justice Department said.

In August 2018, Kale was convicted in Davidson County of possession of obscenity with intent to disseminate, and a judge placed him on probation for 18 months. In 2014, Kale was charged with 10 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor, which are state offenses, court records show. Kale was accused of having child pornography, including images of sexual acts involving children, on his computer in November 2013.

On Jan. 1, an FBI online covert employee used a mobile messaging app to communicate with “rockslyde007,” later identified as Kale.

The FBI employee saw that rockslyde007 belonged to a group using that app, which was known to be associated with trafficking child pornography, and engaged rockslyde007 in an online chat, the Justice Department said.

Under the user name, rockslyde007, Kale is accused of sending the FBI employee two pornographic videos involving children and a hyperlink to a cloud storage account containing 56 additional videos with child pornography, the Justice Department said.

The storage account contained several images and videos of children being raped, according to an affidavit in the case. One video shows images of a nude infant girl and a nude young girl.

During the chat with the FBI employee, rockslyde007 claimed to have sexually exploited two children under 10.

The FBI traced traced IP addresses used by rockslyde007 to Kale’s home and his workplace, the Justice Department said. FBI agents then went to Kale’s home and arrested him.

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