A Phoenixville man was sentenced to eight years in prison for trading in images he made by inserting pictures of young girls into pornographic poses.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengal sentenced 54-year-old Christopher Binck, of Phoenixville, for child pornography “morphing,” which is the editing of images into a pornographic picture. The law against child porn morphing has been in effect for five years.
Binck called his behavior “vile and disgusting” during Wednesday’s hearing. Binck pleaded guilty in February and says he’s spent 18 months in counseling.
Binck told the judge that his arrest “literally saved my soul,” reports the Inquirer.
Prosecutors say Binck’s crimes included editing the heads of two young girls he knew into images. Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Wolf said because there is no way to remove the girls’ images from the vastness of the Internet, it’s unknown the full impact these crimes will have on the victims.
In addition to the jail time, the judge ordered restitution of $2,500 to two girls Binck didn’t know but were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, reports the Inquirer.
Federal officials say Binck’s case is the first morphing case to be prosecuted in federal court in eastern Pennsylvania.
Federal agents began investigating Binck while investigating a person in Pittsburgh who had traded images with the Phoenixville man.