Roanoke man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Roanoke man is facing child pornography charges after investigators find thousands of pictures and videos of child pornography.

Richard B. Morgan, 67, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of receipt of child pornography.

Officials say an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) identified the IP address attached to the home address of the defendant as one associated with an IP address downloading files containing child pornography. Investigators successfully downloaded images of child pornography from the defendant via peer-to peer, file-sharing software often used by those who trade in child pornography.

A search warrant was obtained to Morgan's address and when officers searched his home, he told them, "I know why you are here." He admitted to officers that he downloaded child pornography and was the only person with access to the computer in his apartment.

Forensic examining of Morgan's computer and external hard drive reveaeld 1,849 images and 4,406 videos containing child pornography.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for February, 16, 2018.