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RAF MILDENHALL, England — A 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airman pleaded guilty during a court-martial Tuesday to possessing child pornography between July and September 2006.

The sentence for Senior Airman Nathan W. Ellis was not available by deadline. The maximum punishment Ellis could face is 10 years confinement, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to E-1 and forfeiture of all pay as well as a fine, although his pretrial agreement likely would lessen that sentence, according to court testimony.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations found Ellis in possession of 13 images and two videos of minors engaged in sexual acts, according to testimony.

Ellis admitted to downloading the material from the Internet at his Beck Row home.

Both videos that he downloaded to his HP Pavilion laptop had the acronym “PTH” in the file name, short for “preteen hardcore.” In court, he confessed to changing the names of the video files before putting them onto his USB flash drive.

At RAF Mildenhall, Ellis took the flash drive to his unit’s break room and plugged it into one of the government computers.

He left the flash drive in the computer and it was discovered by another airman. Upon finding the child porn, the airman went to a supervisor who reported it to an OSI special agent. An investigation was conducted and Ellis’ computer was seized, according to testimony.

The images on his computer and the two videos were analyzed and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children verified that minors were in the material.

Before sentencing, Ellis said that he intended to download the child porn even though he understood it was illegal.

“I knew it was wrong because of the age of the children. I knew that I wasn’t supposed to have them,” he said to the court.

Col. Gordon Hammock, a military judge, presided over the judge-only court-martial.

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