Man gets 5 years for viewing child porn during flight

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to five years in prison for looking at child pornography during a commercial flight to Florida.

Court records show that 70-year-old Donald Max Ingram was sentenced Thursday in Tampa federal court. He pleaded guilty to the child porn charge in May.

According to court documents, Ingram was traveling on a plane headed to St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport in September 2020 when another passenger observed Ingram viewing child sex abuse material on his cellphone.

The passenger alerted law enforcement when the plane landed. A forensic analysis of Ingram’s cellphone revealed that he possessed 59 images depicting children being sexually abused.