Former trooper to serve three years in child porn case that included Myrtle Beach photos

A former S.C. Highway Patrol trooper was sentenced to three years in a federal prison after officials found he had child pornography photos on his computer, including photos he took while working during Myrtle Beach’s bike week of girls in swimsuits as they played on the beach, according to authorities.

Randy L. Quinn, Jr., 34, of Seneca, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Greenville, after he had pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. District Judge J. Michelle Childs sentenced Quinn.

Authorities said that in May 2011 agents with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations conducted an online Internet investigation to identify people possessing and sharing child pornography in the Upstate, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Agents found a computer on the network sharing 49 files, and some of those files contained child pornography.

Investigators used the IP address of the computer and traced it to Quinn’s home.

On June 7, 2011, agents executed the warrant at the house and seized a laptop and found thousands of images of child pornography, according to the release. Agents also discovered that Quinn, while on duty at Myrtle Beach’s Bike Week, photographed unsuspecting minor girls in swimsuits as they played on the beach.