Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Korey Vaughn Hamilton Payne, 21, of Hanover, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth to 18 months in jail for five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

"Possession of child pornography is by no means a victimless crime," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Korey Payne's consumption of such disturbing content has a direct impact on the children who are made to suffer in the process of its creation. My office will continue to fight for these victims by ensuring predators such as Payne are brought to justice."

On July 19, 2016, an Anne Arundel County Police detective conducted an online investigation for offenders sharing child pornography over the internet. The detective directed his attention to a specific IP address after establishing it was associated with at least one file known to be of interest to child pornography investigations.

After identifying the IP address as being assigned to the home of Korey Payne's mother, where Payne resided at the time, police obtained a search warrant for the address. A search by police found external storage devices which contained child pornography next to Korey Payne's ID card and other possessions. Payne himself identified this area as his studio workspace.

Payne was found guilty by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on May 4, 2017. He was sentenced to 25 years suspend all but 18 months of active incarceration, 5 years of supervised probation upon release, and is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.