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Former Ayer resident gets 25 years in child porn case

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A former Ayer resident received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for producing and distributing child pornography, court records show. Thomas A. Donahue, 46, was sentenced in federal court in Worcester. Authorities seized a laptop and external hard drive from his apartment in February 2011 and discovered a large quantity of illicit pictures and videos, including videos that showed Donahue abusing a young boy, according to prosecutors. Donahue fled the country and was arrested in Belize in April 2011.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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