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GREAT FALLS — A retired Roman Catholic priest in Montana who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 81-year-old Lothar Konrad Krauth was sentenced Thursday to the minimum term allowed by statute.

He was accused in November of receiving child pornography after investigators received a tip identifying a Great Falls IP address as uploading an image of a nude prepubescent male child.

Prosecutors say Krauth received and viewed thousands of images of child porn, including children as young as 2 or 3 years old. Defense attorney Anthony Gallagher has said Krauth never intended to view images of toddlers.

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Krauth was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes in Great Falls from 1989 to 2014.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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