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Tucson man sentenced 15 years for sexual exploitation of a minor

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Posted at 3:04 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 17:06:48-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for sexual exploitation of a minor followed by lifetime probation, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

63-year-old Donald Edward Cobern is a registered sex offender who was previously convicted of first-degree child molestation in Washington state, and pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor this year.

In February 2019, the Arizona Attorney General Special Investigations Section and the Tucson Police Department got a tip from Microsoft that a computer in Tucson was used to look at child pornography.

Investigators were able to trace the computer to Cobern.

Authorities located his apartment and found a desktop computer, two flash drives, and an external hard drive.

Forensics confirmed the devices contained hundreds of images of child pornography, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jared Kreamer Hope.

Anyone can report online exploitation of children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's, here.

Anyone who is in danger are asked to call 911 or local police.