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Jacksonville Man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

Lonnie Mercer, 40, faces maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to possessing explicit images of a 10-year-old after the child's mother found photos on the man's cell phone, according to a news release from the United States Department of Justice.

According to the plea agreement, the child’s mother told law enforcement that she discovered 8-10 explicit photos of her child's genitalia on Lonnie Lawrence Mercer’s phone and confronted him, leading to a physical altercation.

The exact relationship between Mercer and the child was unclear. Mercer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, up to a life term of supervised release and has agreed to pay restitution, the news release said.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.