Ex-school board member plead in child porn case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former school board member in southwest Missouri is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Former Sarcoxie School Board member John Lewis pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in a plea deal that dropped a second charge of receiving child pornography over the Internet.

The plea deal requires the 67-year-old Lewis to serve no more than 10 years in prison and then face a minimum of five years on supervised release.

Lewis, a former associate professor at Missouri Southern State University, also could be fined up to $250,000.
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/GN1Rmu ) a sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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