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Jesup man pleads guilty to child porn

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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

A Wayne County man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges of sexual exploitation and distributing child pornography.

Stephen A. Keating, 52, of Jesup, pleaded three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with producing of numerous images of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. 

On several occasions in 2010 and 2011, Keating molested three children in order to create pictures and videos of a sexual nature, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. He then distributed several of the images that turned up during the September 2012 arrest of a sex offender in Denmark. 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations led the investigation with help from INTERPOL, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations in Savannah, CBP Air and Marine Operations in Jacksonville, Fla., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.                                                    

Each count of sexual exploitation of a minor carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Keating also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography. 

The date for Keating's sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide U.S. Department of Justice initiative.

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