Florence man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

07/17/2014 10:00 AM

03/14/2015 2:11 AM

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 Florence’s 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.

Mindy Lucas

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