Authorities warned Justin K. Eaton that he was the subject of a child pornography investigation when they seized his computer in February 2012.
But the Kansas City man bought a new computer, and within a few months he once again was actively trading sexually explicit images of minors online.
Eaton’s failure to heed that first warning led to his conviction Monday on federal charges that could land him in prison for up to 20 years.
Eaton, 33, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City Monday to attempted distribution of child pornography over the Internet.
As a result of child pornography evidence obtained after the first computer seizure in 2012, Eaton pleaded guilty in Clay County Circuit Court to possession of child pornography and was placed on probation after serving 120 days in prison.
Monday’s federal court plea stemmed from images that FBI agents obtained online and traced back to the laptop computer used by Eaton after his first computer was seized, according to federal court documents.