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CAMP CASEY, South Korea — An Army specialist who downloaded and saved child pornography was sentenced to seven months in prison and a bad-conduct discharge in a Camp Casey courtroom Wednesday.

Spc. James A. Smith, of the 2nd Infantry Division’s Special Troops Battalion, also received a rank reduction to E-1 and must forfeit all pay for possessing the images and for conduct contrary to order and discipline.

Smith could have been punished with up to 30 years in prison.

In April 2006, Smith downloaded pictures and videos “which appeared to be child pornography,” according to testimony. He saved five of those pictures and five videos on an 80-gigabyte external hard drive.

Smith described one of the pictures as a girl between ages 12 and 14 engaging in sexual intercourse.

During sentencing, he apologized to the Army for his actions.

“These charges are not reflective at all of who I am,” Smith told military Judge Col. Gregory Gross.

Smith had no previous judicial actions against him, according to testimony.

His supervisor testified to Smith’s hard work ethic and lack of complaints about the case while doing his job.

Prosecutor Capt. Seamus Barry didn’t dispute Smith’s performance as a soldier.

“That fact remains that he made a very bad mistake,” Barry said.

Smith’s left foot was severed in a 2004 car accident, but he returned to active duty and worked in his unit as a driver and mail handler.

If the convening authority accepts the bad-conduct discharge ruling — such rulings are usually accepted — then Smith will lose all Veterans Administration medical benefits, according to testimony.

Smith will be required to register as a sex offender when he returns to the United States, according to testimony.

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