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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - An Illinois man is sentenced to seven years, six months in prison for trying to download child pornography on a public library computer.

The crime took place October of last year at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, where a security officer caught Thomas Smith, 28, attempting to download the images onto two mp3 players.

Some of the images featured minors engaged in explicit sexual acts, and Smith told police that he “could not control himself.” Smith’s release from prison will be followed by 20 years of supervised release.

Smith is listed as homeless on court records, but is formerly of the Belleville area.

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