Former Evansville physician sentenced for child porn possession

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A former Evansville doctor was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to possession of sexually explicit material involving minors.

John Honnigford, 47, was sentenced to five years in federal prison. He will serve 10 years’ supervised release following the prison sentence.

“Publically, Honnigford was a trusted physician, expected to maintain a high level of patient care; but behind closed doors, he is a child predator,” said Minkler. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting child predators and keeping innocent children safe from being exploited by individuals, like Honnigford.”

In March 2017, an officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation linked 188 files to a residence in Evansville owned by Honnigford.

A search warrant was obtained in May 2017 and the US Attorney’s office said Honnigford indicated he knew the reason for the search.

The US Attorney’s office said an external hard drive found during the search resulted in over 10,000 images and 72 videos ranging from toddlers to pre-teens.

“The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the most vulnerable of our communities who are defenseless and this sentence reinforces the message that we will continue to make identifying and investigating perpetrators a high priority,” said Special Agent in Charge Grant Mendenhall. “Our children will always have an advocate in the FBI to ensure those who would exploit pay the price for their criminal activity.”

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(This story was originally published on January 15, 2020)

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