A 36-year-old Dix Hills man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in federal prison for taking pictures of a child as he molested the victim between the ages of 8 and 10.

Thomas J. Carey, Jr. had been convicted at Central Islip federal court of sexual exploitation of a child.

“This sentence is fitting for a predator who destroyed the innocence of an 8-year-old child,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Prosecutors said investigators found 161 images of Carey molesting the victim on his computer and digital cameras in his home in 2009.

Homeland Security Investigations had raided his home while acting on a tip from the Swiss National Police and Interpol, authorities said.

Judge Denis Hurley also sentenced Carey to lifetime supervised release.

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