Lake City man pleads guilty to receiving child porn

By Troy Blevins, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Dec 13 2013 05:00:04 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A 58-year-old Lake City man pleaded guilty to receiving images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children over the Internet, authorities announced Friday.

U.S. attorneys said John Sessine faces a mandatory minimum penalty of not less than 5 years, up to 20 years in federal prison, a potential life term of supervision and will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, on June 5, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at a home occupied by Sessine in Lake City.

The FBI had previously learned that at least one computer using an Internet Protocol address resolved to that home was sharing videos of child pornography over the Internet.

Authorities said Sessine was at the home and was interviewed by the agents. During an interview, Sessine said, among other things, that he used a particular file sharing program to download images and videos, that his preference was for young girls, and that the youngest child on his computer was 10 or 12 years old.

A forensic analysis of Sessine's computer media revealed that Sessine had collected 107 images and 104 videos of minor children being sexually abused, officials said.

The court forfeited Sessine's computer media, which officials said was traceable to the offense. Sessine was in custody since his arrest on June 5.

Authorities said a sentencing date has not yet been set.

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