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CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — A soldier who downloaded photos of young children in sexually explicit situations was sentenced to prison and a dishonorable discharge Friday.

Spc. Dennis M. Chechuck, 22, of Company B, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but under a pre-trial agreement will serve only 14 months. Earlier Friday, he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

In all, Chechuck downloaded 88 items, both still and video images, at least one depicting a young child involved in a sexual act with an adult male, according to evidence at the trial. The items were downloaded to his desktop computer in his barracks room at Camp Humphreys. He then transferred those same images to CDs, DVDs and a Palm Pilot.

It was after he lost the Palm Pilot somewhere on Camp Humphreys that someone found it, discovered its contents and notified authorities.

Chechuck testified he searched the Internet with the express intent of finding child pornography.

“I’m so disappointed in myself being here today,” he told military judge Col. Donna M. Wright before she passed sentence.

“I had everything going for me but I threw it all away,” he said. “I never meant to harm anyone, especially the children.”

He asked Wright to give him “another chance” so he could stay in the Army.

Prosecutor Capt. N. Graham Smith asked Wright to sentence Chechuck to 30 months in prison and a bad-conduct discharge.

“This is 88 images of children,” Smith said. “These are young, 3- to 5-year-old children” depicted in sexually explicit situations with adults.

What made Chechuck’s conduct worse, Smith argued, was that he transferred the images to a CD, a DVD and the Palm Pilot so he’d be able to take the porn with him.

Defense lawyer Capt. Jack H. Ko asked Wright to spare Chechuck a discharge. He pointed to testimony from a warrant officer from Chechuck’s unit that the soldier had performed his duties well.

“He made a mistake,” Ko argued. “He is a good duty performer.”

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