Alabama man sentenced to 20 years for what police found on his phone

Published 1:16 pm Friday, May 26, 2023

An Alabama man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced an Anniston, Alabama, man on child sexual exploitation charges, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger.

U.S. District Court Judge Corey L. Maze sentenced Michael Lee Haynes, 40, to 240 months in prison for possession of child pornography followed by lifetime supervised release. Haynes was also ordered to pay $5000 restitution to the victim. Haynes pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2023.

According to court documents, in May 2022, Anniston police received a report that Haynes had exposed himself at a local park as a woman walked a track nearby. A review of Hayne’s phone yielded more than 50 videos of child pornography involving minor children. Haynes was on supervised release at this time.

In 2013, Haynes pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to child pornography crimes and was sentenced to ten years in prison. According to the plea agreement in the 2013 case, Haynes sent an undercover agent child pornography and sent and received emails attaching images and videos of child pornography depicting young children.