Published: Jul 22, 2011 7:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 22, 2011 6:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - A Northern California man who trolled women's Facebook pages searching for clues that allowed him to take over their email accounts has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Lawrence Brown on Friday said George Bronk's actions were equivalent to a peeping Tom who peered into people's homes.

Prosecutors say once he took over women's email accounts, Bronk searched their folders for nude or semi-nude photographs or videos they had sent to their husbands or boyfriends and distributed the images to their contact list.

The emails went to their family, friends and coworkers. Women in 17 states, the District of Columbia and England were victimized.

Bronk pleaded guilty in January. Brown sentenced the man from the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights to four years in state prison for the charges related to the Facebook and email offenses, and added eight more months for charges related to child pornography.

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