A Lancaster man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography. He has been convicted for similar crimes three times before.
David Husmann, 53, of Elizabethtown received his sentence on Monday after a federal jury found him guilty on March 13.
This is his fourth conviction for charges involving crimes against children. He has a fifth unrelated conviction.
Husmann was on supervised release from a 2005 conviction when, on Jan. 26, 2011, his probation officer made an unannounced visit to the home of Husmann's mother, where he was living at the time.
As part of the conditions of his release, computer monitoring software was installed on the computer Husmann used. The probation officer received an alert from the software that Husmann was accessing pornographic websites and images. The software also sent screen shots of the images.
Upon entering Husmann's basement bedroom, the probation officer found Husmann in the act of viewing child pornography.
According to Husmann's record, he was first convicted of three counts of animal cruelty in 1995.
During the same time period, officials said he abused young girls who were under his care as a house parent at the Hershey School in Dauphin County. Between September 1995 and March 1996, the defendant downloaded pornography onto a school computer and showed it to eight young girls who resided at that school and were under his care.
He was also convicted of indecently assaulting two of the girls. Husmann was sentenced and moved to Florida to serve out his probationary term on his second conviction. He also registered as a sex offender.
However, in 2002 when he moved back to the midstate and began living in his mother's Lancaster County home, he did not register, resulting in a conviction for failure to register as a sex offender.
He also began trading child pornography and purchasing memberships to child pornography websites. A search warrant was issued, and Husmann was convicted of possession of child pornography.
In August 2005 he was sentenced to 51 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release: his fourth conviction. It was during this supervised release that Husmann's probation officer caught him viewing child pornography.
Husmann was also fined $2,000 as well as a $400 special assessment. Upon completion of his prison term, he will be supervised by the United States Probation Department for the rest of his life.