DALLAS (AP) – Prosecutors say the discovery of a misplaced cell phone with child pornography images has led to 30 years in prison for a North Texas man.

A federal judge in Dallas on Tuesday sentenced 26-year-old Gary Lee Jackson of Garland. Jackson in December pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and to possessing more than 1,000 such images.

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Police say an individual contacted officers last August about child porn images on a cell phone that Jackson left in the person’s car.

Jackson told police that he has a history of exploiting children. An officer testified that Jackson described how in 2007 a woman named Amber Schmidt “bought” him a 12-year-old girl for his birthday. Jackson says he molested the child.

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Schmidt in January pleaded guilty to transporting and shipping child porn. She awaits sentencing.

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