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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison, reduction to the military’s lowest pay grade, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a bad-conduct discharge after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, officials at Camp Humphreys said Friday.

Pfc. Christopher M. Marinaccio of the 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, drew the sentence after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing five images of child pornography, said Susan Barkley, spokeswoman for the Area III Support Activity at Camp Humphreys. The activity occurred at Camp Humphreys from January to March 2005, she said.

Army Col. Patrick Parrish, 6th Judicial Circuit chief judge, sentenced Marinaccio, who had opted to be tried by military judge alone instead of a jury.

According to the prosecution, Marinaccio downloaded the images from the Internet and posted them to another Internet Web site, Barkley said. A private organization that tracks certain types of Internet activity became aware of the action and notified the U.S. military, which opened an investigation, Barkley said.

Marinaccio remained in confinement Friday at the Camp Humphreys jail, Barkley said.

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