Southwestern Illinois sex offender pleads guilty to child-porn count - KMOV.com

Southwestern Illinois sex offender pleads guilty to child-porn count

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A convicted sex offender in southwestern Illinois faces up to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervised probation now that he pleaded guilty to federal charges that he possessed child pornography.
  
Twenty-nine-year-old Gary Shields of Edwardsville entered the plea last week in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. He is to be sentenced in April.
  
Authorities say Shields was living in his truck found parked on a community college's lot in Madison County when officers last April found pictures and video depicting scenes of child pornography. They also found writings by Shields saying child pornography and sex between adults and children should be accepted in society.
  
He previously had been convicted in Madison County in 2007 of possessing child pornography.
  
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