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School administrator pleads guilty in child porn

Date: March 05, 2005
By: Sara Stites

Charles Anthony Collins, 34, admitted to a federal judge Monday that he downloaded more than 600 images of child pornography on his personal computer, including many sexually explicit pictures of prepubescent minors, numerous photos of infants and about 100 movies depicting children engaged in sexual activities with adults.

Collins was De Soto High School's associate principal from August 2000 to June 2004. Citing personal reasons, he resigned at the end of the 2003-2004 school year.

Collins could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to one year of supervised release.

Collins' plea agreement requested a sentence of 33 months. He arranged the agreement with his attorney, Robin Fowler of Overland Park, and government prosecutor Kim Berger.

Collins' arrest followed federal investigation that tracked him and many other offenders online, in part through third-party credit card billing companies, said Jim Cross, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren.

After obtaining a warrant, authorities seized and searched Collins' computer.
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