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George Sell, Terry Nolley sentenced for running child porn bulletin board

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(AP, WJLA) - Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for running a child pornography bulletin board.

Seventy-year-old George Sell of Cumberland was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Forty-year-old Terry Nolley of Silver Spring was sentenced to more than eight years. Both must register as sex offenders.

According to their plea agreements, Sell, Nolley and others operated "Country Lounge," a secure web-based bulletin board dedicated to trading images of child pornography. More than 140 members belonged to the bulletin board, which was hosted on computer servers in Virginia and Texas.

From December 2006 through July 2008, Sell was the "root administrator" and day-to-day manager of Country Lounge, while Nolley agreed to host the bulletin board on computer servers maintained by him in Silver Spring, according to a Department of Justice news release said.

In November 2009, federal agents from ICE executed a search warrant at Sell's home and seized two computer hard drives. A review found them to have multiple images of child pornography, many of which were from "Country Lounge."

That same month, agents interviewed Nolley and told him not to remove anything from his home. Later that day, agents executed a search warrant and recovered several electronic devices. Nolley admitted that between the interview and the execution of the search warrant, he disposed of four additional hard drives believed to contain child porn by throwing them into the woods at the side of the road.

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