A Belleville man is facing up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500-thousand dollars after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. 62-year old Garold Lee Smelka has been charged with Receipt of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography after admitting to authorities that he had downloaded and viewed several videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Smelka provided a voluntary, video confession to law enforcement in which he admitted to possessing the videos on a computer that was seized as part of an investigation in August of 2011. He also admitted that he has been viewing child pornography for the last eight years and had downloaded images and videos two weeks prior to the interview.

He is currently being held until sentencing, which is scheduled for October 12, 2012.

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