COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A Bonners Ferry man was sentenced today in federal court to five years in prison for possession of sexually explicit images of minors, according to acting U.S Attorney Rafael Gonzalez.

According to the plea agreement, law enforcement officers contacted Thurlo Eugene Clark, 72, because officers received information that he tried to send child pornography via the internet. Clark admitted to law enforcement that he knowingly possessed child pornography which he had received by email.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered a 10 year term of supervised release following Clark’s release from prison.

According to the release, with Clark’s consent, law enforcement officers recovered various computer equipment that contained child pornography. At the time law enforcement contacted Clark, he possessed some 21,000 images of child pornography.

U.S. Department of Justice officials said the case was investigated by the FBI and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.