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San Antonio man pleads guilty to producing child porn

US attorneys: Ryan Pitts faces up to 60 years in federal prison

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SAN ANTONIO – A 27-year-old San Antonio man pleaded guilty Thursday morning to six counts of production of child pornography, U.S. attorneys said.

Ryan Bradley Pitts faces up to 60 years in federal prison as a result of his plea. U.S. attorneys said sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 14 before Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery.

According to court records, on numerous occasions between June 2008 and February 2012, Pitts sexually assaulted six different children ages 3 to 10 for the purpose of producing visual depictions of the activity. U.S. attorneys said Pitts also used peer-to-peer software to trade child pornography with others.

Pitts has remained in federal custody since his arrest in November 2013, U.S. attorneys said. During this investigation, FBI agents seized Pitts' laptop computer, cellphone and other digital media devices.

A forensics examination of the seized equipment revealed the presence of more than 21,500 images and 1,200 videos depicting child pornography, according to U.S. attorneys.


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