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A 46-year-old Sumter man pleaded guilty on Monday to distributing child pornography images that were shared online between states and internationally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement noticed that Marlin Russell Derk posted child pornography in a chatroom on June 11, 2015, according to a news release from United States Attorney Beth Drake.

It was determined that Derk had been uploading and downloading child pornography via his cellphone and computers after the devices were seized during the investigation.

Derk could face five to 20 years in prison with supervised release for five years to life and/or a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Day II, of the Columbia office, is prosecuting the case, and U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis will impose sentence after reviewing the pre-sentence report.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children online, as well as identify and rescue victims.

For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.