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Mesa man busted for child porn gets 12 years

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Christopher Clark (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Clark (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

A Mesa man accused of downloading a substantial amount of child porn has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a plea agreement, the Arizona attorney general's office said. 

Christopher Clark was indicted March 26 on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children.

Clark entered a plea deal to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children and to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

After his release he will be placed on lifetime probation with sex and computer usage terms. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Clark downloaded the child porn from Limewire, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, the attorney general's office said. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was notified by a monitoring company out of Pennsylvania.

During October 2012 and February 2013, more than 900 files were shared, captured from the I.P. address on Clark's computer, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The files contained pictures and videos of young children engaged in sexual activity with adults.

"He did indicate he was attracted to girls and boys ages 10 to 16 years of age, various different sex acts, as well as bestiality," said MCSO spokesman Brandon Jones.

Clark admitted the files on the computer found in his home were his and that he can't stop looking at them, even after he said his wife caught him six months ago.

"He even admitted he had burned several CD's in his backyard after he thought his wife found out about his addiction," said Jones. But Clark told detectives one week after he destroyed part of his collection, he started downloading again.

Clark's wife is a former preschool teacher and had been running an in-home daycare.

"She watches neighborhood children as well as her grandchildren at this house, so the concern to us, was he physically touching these children inappropriately," explained Jones.

A forensic examination of the computer found images and videos that were contraband and an age assessment was conducted by medical staff at Child Help. The medical staff determined that the images and videos were of children under the age of 15, the attorney general's office said. 

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