Man pleads guilty to receiving child pornography

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 57-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving child pornography over the internet.

Jimmy Laverne Holmes, who has been in custody since his arrest, faces 5 to 20 years in federal prison, and a potential life-term of supervised release. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

During the investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigations agent found that a computer in Jacksonville was hosting child pornography images. The agent was allegedly able to download the images successfully through the particular peer-to-peer file-sharing program the computer hosted.

The computer host was located at Holmes' residence, according to a Department of Justice press release. FBI agents and other law enforcement officers took computers and other digital media from Holmes' residence during a search warrant on September 24, 2013.

Holmes' computer contained 174 videos and 247 images depicting child pornography, the release said.

According to Holmes, he uses child pornography for "personal use" and further noted, "I like to watch it."

Holmes told agents at his residence that he knew child pornography to be both illegal and morally unjustifiable, and was recently downloading and watching child pornography two or three times per week. The release says, Holmes tried to stop several times, but has not been able to indefinitely.


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