Museum guard sentenced to prison for child pornography

A federal judge Monday sentenced a former museum security guard to more than eight years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.{} U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith, Jr. sentenced Loyd Jeffrey Hitt, 53, of Center Point, on one county of receiving child pornography between May 2009 and October 2012, and on one county of possessing child pornography within that same time period.{} Hitt pleaded guilty to the charges in February.{} Judge Smith sentenced Hitt to 97 months in prison on each county, with the sentences to run concurrently.{} According to court records, Hitt made a series of purchases of videos and photographs through the mail beginning in 2009, and also received images of child pornography over the Internet.{} Hitt made the mail ordered shipped to his long-time workplace, the Birmingham Museum of Art.{} The videos and photographs contained pornographic images of underage boys, some younger than 14.{}