Olathe man pleads guilty to possessing 12K child porn images

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man from Olathe, Kan., has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Monday.

James Christmas, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. In his plea, he admitted he possessed more than 12,000 images and 26 videos of child pornography on computer media.

The investigation began in Sept. 2010 when his estranged wife told the Olathe police she found child pornography on computer media belonging to Christmas. Investigators obtained a search warrant and found the images.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified more than 1,300 images of known child victims living outside of Kansas in Christmas’ collection,

Sentencing is set for Aug. 12. Christmas faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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