A Billings resident admitted Wednesday during a federal court hearing to possessing child pornography.
Keith Lee Kugler, 67, pleaded guilty to possession of child porn in a plea deal that calls for two other counts to be dismissed at sentencing.
Prosecutor Brendan McCarthy said evidence would show that the FBI began an investigation in July 2013 after identifying a computer that was making child porn available to other users through a file-sharing network.
The investigation led to a search warrant being served on Kugler’s residence on Oct. 31, 2013. Agents seized a laptop and storage devices from Kugler, who admitted during an interview the child porn was his.
An analysis of Kugler’s laptop computer found that it contained 83 videos and 3,685 images of child porn, while storage devices had more than 14,000 picture files and 865 video files of child porn, McCarthy said.
Kugler faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters set sentencing for Aug. 12 and continued Kugler’s release on conditions.