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Oklahoma man admits to possessing more than 20,000 child pornography images, videos

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SAPULPA, Okla. – A Sapulpa man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in federal court.

A total of at least 20,116 images and videos were found in the defendant’s possession.

64-year-old Paul Edwards was charged with one count of possession and attempted possession of child pornography and five counts of receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Cleary.

Edwards is a former Certified Public Accountant for local municipalities and school districts. He has been unemployed since 2008.

According to court documents, in October of 2011, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Philadelphia office initiated an investigation into individuals utilizing an international website to distribute and collect child pornography.

Between February and March of 2013, the HSI obtained log files from Russian law enforcement regarding a user profile which was later traced to Edwards’ residence. There were 20,116 images and videos collected from Edwards’ residence.

Edwards was charged on November 5, 2013.

For Count 1, Edwards faces a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years and a $250,000 fine.