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Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

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AZLE (AP) – A 47-year-old Azle man has pleaded guilty to a federal indictment charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks said Kelly M. Stapleton of Azle has been in custody since being arrested in September. He faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25.

Court records show that in September 2005, FBI agents visited Stapleton’s home based on a lead concerning images of child pornography on the Internet. Child pornography was discovered on his computer. hen, Stapleton did not admit that he knowingly possessed child pornography.

When agents interviewed him again this year he acknowledged acquiring it from the Internet.

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