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Registered child sex offender found guilty of possessing child porn

William Roland Baker, 64, faces 10-20 years in federal prison for each count

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man already registered as a child sex offender from a case in 1995 was found guilty by a federal jury Thursday of two counts of possessing child pornography stemming from his arrest in 2013.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in early 2013, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent was able to download a video of child porn over the Internet from an Internet protocol address that was traced back to the address of William Roland Baker, 64, who was convicted on Nov. 22, 1995, of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

A federal warrant was executed at Baker's home on May 29, 2013. Two laptops seized at that time were found to hold images of child porn on them even though Baker had used an eraser program on them the night before the search, according to the DOJ.

Officials said Baker's computers contained a total of 338 images depicting the sexual abuse of young children.

He now faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10-20 years in federal prison on each count, and a potential life term of supervision.