PORTLAND -- Federal prosecutors say a former civil engineer at the Portland office of U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for having on his government computer an image of a 6-year-old girl being sexually abused.

The U.S. attorney's office said the sentence was imposed Thursday on 37-year-old Jasper Neil Blair of Oklahoma City, Okla. He had pleaded guilty in May. He faces a decade of post-prison supervision.

The case arose when a Department of Interior official discovered a suspicious email routed through the bureau's servers in January 2010. Blair had been communicating with another person on his government-issued laptop about a shared sexual interest in children.

Let this case send a clear message that possessing even one image of child sexual abuse will result in prosecution, a lengthy prison sentence, and a substantial term of post-incarceration supervision, to ensure the safety of the children in our community, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said.

The prosecutors say the image was among those produced by an Aloha couple who are serving sentences in a federal prison.

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