Mauk man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

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A Mauk man has entered a guilty plea to Receipt of Child Pornography on Wednesday. 

United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charles E. Peeler announced that 35-year-old Steven Derek Dukes entered a plea subjects Dukes to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, up to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Authorities say as a condition of his supervised release after he is released from federal prison, Dukes will have to register with the state sex offender registration agency in any state where Dukes lives, works, or is a student.

The news release says in his plea agreement, Dukes admitted that he had exchanged emails with an individual under investigation by the FBI, in which the two discussed their past sexual experiences and fantasies involving young boys.

Dukes also admitted to exchanging files of child pornography with the individual under FBI investigation. On May 5, 2018, FBI agents executed a search warrant and seized Dukes’ computer.

After further forensic analysis revealed numerous depictions of child pornography on electronic devices seized from Dukes’ home.

Dukes waived his Miranda rights and confessed to sending, receiving, and possessing child pornography.

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