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A 47-year-old Lusby man pleaded guilty Jan. 28 in U.S. District Court to possessing and distributing child pornography.

As part of the plea agreement, Shawn F. Crawford will be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he lives, where he works and where he is a student under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

Crawford faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years for distribution of child pornography, and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Upon his release, he will be placed on lifetime supervised probation. A sentencing hearing for Crawford is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 14.

According to the plea agreement, Crawford distributed six images and 16 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on July 25, 2012, the press release states. After an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, a search warrant was executed at Crawford’s home on Sept. 18, 2012.

A forensic examination of the computers and other digital media seized during the search revealed about 4,700 images and 1,100 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including children under the age of 12, the press release states. The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force with members from 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies. The task force coordinates with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit to identify missing and abused children, the release states.

KATIE FITZPATRICK