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Rainier man gets 22 years for child pornography

by: Courtesy photo Michael Edward McCann

A Rainier man previously convicted of sex abuse crimes against underage family members was sentenced in federal court last week on related charges.

Michael Edward McCann, 55, will serve 269 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of producing child pornography and two counts of allowing a minor to be used in the production of child pornography.

That sentence will run concurrently with a Columbia County Circuit Court guilty judgement against McCann for multiple counts of sexual abuse, sodomy and incest against the same two female victims.

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown called McCann's crimes 'extraordinarily reprehensible.'

McCann apologized in court Dec. 21 for his crimes.

'I don't blame you for hating me,' he said according to the office of U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall.

Authorities began investigating McCann when one of his victims came forward to report the crimes. Police say they found video recordings of the abuse in McCann's home.

McCann had no significant criminal history, according to the court, and was himself a victim of physical abuse as a child.

After his nearly 22 year prison sentence, McCann will serve a life term of supervised release. He is subject to stringent post-prison supervision conditions, including restrictions on his computer use and prohibition on associating with minors.

McCann was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice's 'Project Safe Childhood,' meant to combat what the government calls a 'growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.'