Feb. 24, 2017 02:25 PM

A 49-year-old Youngsville man will spend more than 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to distribution and possession of child pornography. Thomas Hanes was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell following a guilty plea in federal court in Lafayette.

According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, Hanes “was identified through an investigation as distributing thousands of files of child pornography using an online peer-to-peer network. Law enforcement agents searched his home in Youngsville on February 26, 2016 and found sexually explicit images of children as young as two and three years of age on electronic media.”

The case was investigated by Homeland Security, Louisiana State Police and the Youngsville PD.