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Man Admits Viewing Child Porn on SWIC Library Computer

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KMOX) -  A Belleville man faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting that he was viewing online child pornography.

Authorities say 27-year-old Thomas M. Smith was using a computer in the library at Southwestern Illinois College at the time.

A passing safety officer observed Smith looking at images of child porn, then quickly trying to click off the website as he approached.

The officer said Smith was also frantically trying to unplug two MP3 players that he had connected to the library computer, but a review of the images on those players revealed images of minors engaged in explicit sexual acts.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Smith admitted he had downloaded roughly 200  images within 15 minutes.

He faces five to twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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