UPDATE 8/12/14 @ 8:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 66-year-old man from Huntington has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possession and attempted distribution of child pornography.
John D. Hayes was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Huntington.
Hayes was convicted of the charges during a bench trial in March .
Prosecutors say that between March 17 and April 28, 2012, authorities discovered that child pornography was being shared via a peer-to-peer network called Frostwire.
Authorities traced the computer used to share the child pornography to Hayes’ Huntington home.
Investigators say they found thousands of pornographic images and videos of children on computer evidence seized from Hayes’ home.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “When criminals like John Hayes download and trade child pornography, they perpetuate the exploitation and abuse of innocent children."
In 1979, Hayes was convicted in Putnam County on two counts of second-degree sexual assault of female children ages 10 and 12.
The investigation of Hayes was conducted by the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with the assistance of the Huntington Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.
John D. Hayes was found guilty following a three-day bench trial in U.S. District Court in Huntington.
Prosecutors says Hayes knowingly possessed child pornography on computer equipment located in his residence and that he attempted to distribute the child pornography via a file-sharing program.
Hayes faces a between 15 and 60 years in prison, as well as a lifetime of supervised release. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 7.
According to the W.Va. State Police Sex Offender Registry, Hayes was convicted in October 1979 on two counts of second-degree sexual assault involving two girls between the ages of six and 12. That case was in Putnam County.
Hayes served 5-and-a-half years behind bars for the conviction.