A Charleston man accused of storing hundreds of images of child pornography on a computer pleaded guilty this week in federal court.
Daniel Robson, 28, of Double Oak Road appeared before U.S. District Judge David C. Norton in a hearing Friday morning. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and could face up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on the felony charge.
Robson's attorney, Nathaniel E. Burney, declined to comment on the case after the hearing.
Robson became the subject of a federal investigation after an undercover agent in Los Angeles used a file-sharing website to download 102 photos and three videos of child porn in December 2011.
The investigation revealed Robson's IP address as the source of the images, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhett DeHart alleged in court.
Federal agents searched Robson's Charleston home in March 2012 and seized two computers and multiple external hard drives.
Investigators found more than 200 images of child porn on the devices, DeHart said, though it appeared the bulk of the images had been deleted through a file-shredding program prior to their arrival.
According to DeHart, the images were "sadistic" and depicted prepubescent children in acts of bondage.
When questioned by investigators, Robson acknowledged that he was responsible for the suspect file-sharing account, but he stopped short of admitting to the possession or distribution of the child porn, DeHart said.
Robson could be subject to restitution in the future if any of the children in the images choose to file suit against him, the hearing determined.
He will be sentenced on the possession charge at a later date.
Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.
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