A former Miami firefighter has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for downloading and viewing videos of child pornography while on duty.
The harsh sentence was imposed last week by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore on 31-year-old Alexander Rousseau. Moore said the sentence was justified because of the numerous pornographic videos found on Rousseau's laptop computer and because he lied during testimony about who downloaded the images.
The FBI says Rousseau had 120 videos on the computer when he was arrested in April. Many were over five minutes long.
A jury convicted him of five counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession. After his release, Rousseau must register as a sex offender and will be on probation for life.