James Lesner Query sentenced in child pornography conviction

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A former James Madison University professor will spend more than 11 years in prison for distributing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says in a news release that 55-year-old James Lesner Query of Harrisonburg was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Harrisonburg.

Query pleaded guilty in March. He admitted he went into an Internet chat room in December 2009 and ultimately distributed three images of child pornography to another user in exchange for other images.

Query had been a communications studies professor at James Madison since 2006. He was placed on administrative leave last September when the allegations surface. A James Madison spokesman told the Daily News-Record that Query was no longer employed at the university as of December 2010.