Nassau County Nurse Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Porn

A 34-year-old nurse has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet and could face up to 20 years in federal prison, according to reports.

The man has been in custody since his arrest in July. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set, according to U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III.

Court documents allege that FBI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at the man’s residence. During an interview, the man apparently admitted that he had searched for, downloaded, and viewed “all types” of child pornography.

He allegedly told police that his addiction to child pornography had started about four years ago.

A forensic examination of the man’s laptop and a thumb drive allegedly revealed more than 190 videos and at least 4,000 images depicting child pornography.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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