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Man pleads guilty to child porn charges

There are plenty of places John Patrick Beucler Jr. can't go while out on bond awaiting his sentencing on charges of child pornography.

But Beucler, who admitted Wednesday to operating a Web site with child pornography, asked at his guilty plea hearing in federal court that his church be added to the short list of places he can go.

Having told Beucler just moments earlier that he could face up to 10 years in prison for his conviction of possession of child pornography, U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land agreed to his request.

"Thank you very much, your honor," Beucler said.

The Columbus State University graduate was arrested Oct. 3, 2006, when he turned himself to the Columbus Federal Bureau of Investigation office. Beucler, who listed a Northridge, Calif. address, was initially given a $100,000 bond, though it was reduced days later to $20,000 and he made bond.

Authorities learned about Beucler's Web site in July 2003, when the company that hosted the site discovered the illegal images during a routine check, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Flanagan. It contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which in turn contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A search warrant was issued and three of Beucler's computers seized. Almost 300 images of child pornography were found on one of the machines.

That computer and several pieces of hardware were forfeited by Beucler as part of his plea.

Beucler admitted in August 2003 that he possessed child pornography, Flanagan said.

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