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Downsville man pleads in child porn case

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that Randy Powell, of Downsville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving child pornography.

According to evidence presented at the plea hearing, in February 2012, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office deputies learned Powell, who is a registered sex offender, was maintaining social media accounts under an alias, which is a violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

Authorities arrested 33-year-old Powell February 23, 2013, and his home was searched. They found 1,041 images and 150 videos of prepubescent children. Approximately 50 of the videos/photos depicted children in bondage. Powell admitted to investigators that he used a file-sharing program to download the images. Powell has a previous conviction for attempted possession of child pornography.

Powell faces five to 40 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years to life of supervised release for one count of receiving child pornography. Sentencing is set for April 7, 2014.

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