A Billings man accused of using computer file-sharing programs to receive child pornography for seven years admitted to federal charges Tuesday.

Appearing before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, James Matthew Tafelmeyer, 32, pleaded guilty to receipt of child porn and admitted a forfeiture count in which he will forfeit computer equipment used in the crime. There was no plea agreement.

Prosecutor Marcia Hurd said in court records that Tafelmeyer possessed more than 2,000 images and 24 videos of child porn on computer equipment seized from his home when a search warrant was served on Dec. 1, 2011. The material included images of prepubescent children and sadistic and masochistic abuse of children, which are factors that can lengthen a sentence.

Tafelmeyer admitted to agents that since 2004 he had been using file-sharing programs to receive hundreds of child porn images and videos, which he saved to various computers and other storage equipment, Hurd said.

Tafelmeyer faces a mandatory minimum five to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Cebull set sentencing for March 6. Tafelmeyer remains in custody.

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