HOLLIDAYSBURG - An Altoona man who allegedly told police that he had been viewing child pornography for 16 years will spend 2 1/2 to 5 years in a state prison.
Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron sentenced Albert Lee Harris, 42, on Monday.
Harris of Altoona told police during an investigation last May that he had been viewing child pornography for 16 years.
He said he had a large collection of pictures of children between 10 and 13 years of age in various sexual positions, but he had gotten rid of those pictures.
Police instead caught him with a new set of pictures in May and arrested him in September on 10 counts of
possession of child pornography.
Harris also was charged with resisting arrest.
When a city police detective and other officers went to arrest him at his apartment, 609 N. Eighth Ave., in September, he turned toward the officers in a "fighting stance," according to charges.
He resisted attempts to take him into custody so fiercely that he was shocked with a Taser.
The judge placed Harris on a year's probation for resisting arrest, which will be served at the same time as his prison sentence.
The case against Harris, represented by Assistant Public Defender Dave Beyer, hasn't ended.
Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio said Harris will be required to go through a Megan's Law hearing to determine if he is a violent sexual predator.
That will be held at a later date, said the judge.
Police became aware of Harris' activities when a man reported he went to Harris' former apartment to trade an 8 gigabyte flash drive for Harris' 16 gigabyte flash drive.
The man watched as Harris deleted pictures of children before trading the drive with him.
He reported to police what he saw.
Altoona police Lt. Jeffrey Pratt said investigators found 265 images of child pornography on flash drives and secure digital cards they found in a former apartment occupied by Harris.
Milliron was careful to make sure Harris understood what he was doing when he entered pleas on Monday.
Harris said he had trouble reading and had spent time in mental health treatment four years ago.
Milliron sentenced him to three to six months on each of the 10 pornography charges and ordered him to pay $10,500 in fines.
Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.