Former Santa for hire gets 30 years in prison for child porn

Leander Jones, 65.

Leander Jones, 65.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former Santa Claus impersonator and magician for children’s parties pleaded guilty to manufacturing child pornography.

Leander Dewey Jones, 65, pleaded guilty to the charges in May and was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday after investigators found he produced child porn of two relatives he was caring for, according to WNCN.

The images were found in May 2015 when Jones brought his computer to a repair shop. While examining the computer, a technician located a folder that contained the child porn. He told the store owner and an investigation ensued.

In total, police found about 4,000 images of child porn on his computer and on external hard drives and 1,000 images on various CD’s.