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Palm Coast Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn

Pornographic Videos, Explicit Sex Chat Found On Computer Used At Workplace

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 39-year-old Palm Coast Man pleaded guilty to receiving videos of child pornography over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill announced Thursday.

Bryan Ross Spears faces 5-20 years in federal prison and a potential life term of supervised release. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to court documents, in April 2011, a detective with the Volusia County Sheriff?s Office used a database of Internet addresses to identify that a computer at a Flagler County address was hosting images of child pornography.

Volusia deputies asked agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security to join the investigation, going to the location to conduct interviews with the owner, who said he operates a small business from his home. Spears is one of two employees that work there.

The business owner agreed to allow agents to take custody of one desktop and two laptop computers for forensic analysis, according to the documents.

According to court documents, forensic analysis found that the desktop computer used by Spears contained about 10 video files containing child pornography. Agents also found 14,537 chat log files were saved to Spears' computer between Jan. 3, 2008, and May 24, according to the documents. Prosecutors said all the chat logs examined were sexual in nature, and some related to sexually explicit conduct involving children.