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Ashland man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

 Posted: 10:10 AM February 24, 2012

An Ashland man pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts of possession, mailing and distribution of child pornography Feb. 13 at the U.S. Federal Court Building in Medford.

Registered sex offender Thomas William Crimmins, 54, could serve a prison sentence up to 40 years, pay up to $250,000 in fines, and receive a lifetime of post-prison supervision upon his release, prosecutors said. He will be sentenced April 23 by U.S. District Judge Owen Panner.

The investigation into Crimmins' illegal activities started June 2010 when police from the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force and the FBI arrested Crimmins for uploading images of child pornography to a website that allows users to share the content with other users. He had uploaded digital photos and video depicting scenes of child sexual abuse using a Wi-Fi signal from an Ashland coffee shop and the Ashland library.

Upon further investigation, police found out Crimmins was a registered sex offender living at a local transient camp above Park Street.

Police seized laptop computers, a digital camera, CDs and floppy discs from Crimmins for forensic analysis. Several hundred images of children were found.

"A number of child abuse victims depicted in the images were identified as known child abuse victims by the Center for Exploited or Missing Children," a statement in a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice read.

— Ryan Pfeil

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