COLUMBIA, SC — A Florence man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to possessing child pornography, officials say.
Andrew Stephen Jackson, 44, entered a plea of guilty in Florences federal court after evidence at a hearing showing Jackson had traded child pornography with an individual in Australia in October of 2010, United States Attorney Bill Nettles said in a statement released Thursday.
A search warrant was executed at Jackson's home and thousands of images of child pornography were found on his computers, Nettles said.
He will be sentenced once a pre-sentence investigation report has been prepared by the U.S. Probation Office, he said. The maximum penalty for possession of child pornography is imprisonment for 10 years and/ or a fine of $250,000.
The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative led by United States Attorneys Offices and designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse, Nettles said.