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Deployed sailor admits to sending child porn

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

A California man on Naval duty in Afghanistan admitted in federal court on Friday that he sent child pornography images to an undercover detective whom he thought was a 14-year old girl in Kenton County, Ky.

Richard Smith Andridge, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography and will receive a minimum of five years in prison when he is sentenced on May 10.

Starting in October of 2010, when Andridge was deployed to combat zones in and around Afghanistan, he engaged in online chats with the undercover detective and sent the detective several child pornography images.

According to the plea agreement, the images depicted children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Andridge's computer was seized when his Naval vessel returned to port in California.

A forensic examination of the computer revealed more than 600 images of child pornography.

Some of those images were sadistic and violent in nature.

Andridge faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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