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A Billings man Tuesday admitted in federal court that he downloaded child pornography on his computer. Thurmon Crosswhite, 37, pleaded guilty to receipt and possession of child porn as alleged in an indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd said Crosswhite was charged after an investigation by agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agents were investigating allegations of child porn by people using file-sharing networks.

A forensic exam of Crosswhite's computer and a computer he owned previously found numerous video files and hundreds of images of child porn, Hurd said.

Crosswhite faces a mandatory minimum of five years to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for April 9 and ordered Crosswhite into custody.

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