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Smith will begin his eight-year prison term January 6.

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(CNN) -- A former official with the Boy Scouts of America was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for receiving and distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas, Texas.

Douglas Smith Jr., 62, of Colleyville, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry Means in Fort Worth.

Smith pleaded guilty in late March to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

The material included sexually explicit images of boys under the age of 12.

In addition to the eight-year prison term, Smith must also register as a sex offender. And even after his release, Smith will be under the supervision of a probation officer for the rest of his life.

Smith will begin his prison term January 6.

Under sentencing guidelines he could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

"Those who engage in the possession and/or distribution of child pornography will know the full effects of the federal criminal justice system," said U.S. Attorney Richard Roper for the Northern District of Texas.

Smith, an Eagle Scout, worked with the Boy Scouts for 39 years and was serving as the youth organization's national director of programs at its national headquarters in Irving, Texas, when he retired in February, shortly after being placed on administrative leave because of the criminal investigation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents worked with German federal police authorities to investigate Internet child porn operations, and to particularly target those in jobs that involve dealing with children.

According to the plea agreement, ICE investigators searched Smith's home February 22 and seized his computer and computer discs, turning up 520 images of child pornography, including video clips.

"The child pornography depicted males under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Among these pornographic images were sexually explicit depictions of actual and known prepubescent males under the age of 12 years," the document says.

It says Smith received the images via the Internet and stored them on his computer, on computer discs and in his AOL e-mail account, before distributing "the images to others over the Internet."

A search of his work computer at the headquarters of Boy Scouts of America turned up no images.

According to the plea, the investigation began in Germany in November 2003 when authorities there executed a search warrant on a man suspected of trafficking in child pornography over the Internet.

As part of that investigation, authorities found Smith had received images of child pornography from the man in Germany.

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