A Florence man pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Andrew Stephen Jackson, 44, will be sentenced at a later date. The maximum penalty for possession of child pornography is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Evidence presented at a change of plea hearing established that Jackson was trading child pornography with an individual in Australia in October 2010, Nettles said.
A search warrant was executed on Jackson’s residence and thousands of images of child pornography were found on Jackson’s computers, according to Nettles.
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The FBI investigated, and William E. Day II with the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.