Man Sentenced To 7 Years On Child Pornography Charges

CHARLOTTE, NC– A Gastonia man was sentenced to 7 years for possessing more than 6,000 images and hundreds of videos of child pornography.

Joseph Lee Schaffer, 44, was sentenced to 84 months in prison Thursday,  Schaffer pleaded guilty on child pornography charges in April 2013.

Police say in December of 201, police they became aware of Schaffer’s large collection of child pornography that he was downloading and sharing over the internet.

After police searched Schaffer’s home they discovered that he possessed over 6,000 images and hundreds of videos of children being sexually abused, including 1,540 images of child under the age of five.

Police say they have identified at least 87 children that were victims of child pornography.

In addition to 84 months Schaffer was also ordered to serve the rest of his life under court supervision after his release.