Former Oakwood man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charges

Former Oakwood man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charges

URBANA — A former Oakwood man pleaded guilty on Friday to federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Donald Cunningham, 47, who listed an address in the 2300 block of East University Avenue, Urbana, pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving child pornography and one of possessing it. The crimes allegedly occurred during 2010 and 2011 when Cunningham lived in Oakwood, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

Cunningham could face up to 20 years in prison on each of the counts alleging receipt of child pornography and up to 10 years in prison for possession. Since the sentences may be ordered to be served consecutively, he faces up to 70 years in prison overall when he is sentenced on Jan. 11, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey.

According to court documents, after an Urbana police detective taking part in an undercover computer session identified 11 suspected child pornography files allegedly received from a computer in Oakwood on the evening of April 18, 2011, police got a search warrant for Cunningham's home in Oakwood,

On Sept. 7, 2011, Urbana and Oakwood police executed the search. Police recovered 478 videos and 213 still images of suspected child pornography from the computer, including four that matched images and videos police had received during the undercover session.

Cunningham agreed to forfeit to the government the computer and other electronic equipment he used to obtain the pornography as part of a plea agreement.

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