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Olathe man admits having 12,000 child porn images

A 45-year-old Olathe man, who authorities said stored more than 12,000 digital images and 26 videos of child pornography, pleaded guilty Monday to a single federal charge, according to federal prosecutors.

Authorities said James Christmas pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography.

The case surfaced in September 2010 when Christmas’ estranged wife alerted Olathe police that she found child pornography on computer media belonging to Christmas. Investigators later obtained a search warrant and discovered the pictures.

More than 1,300 images of known child victims living outside of Kansas in Christmas’ collection were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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