JEFFERSON CITY — James Lee Melvin, 57, of Columbia pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a charge of distributing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Matt J. Whitworth.
Whitworth said Melvin admitted to downloading child pornography and using a file-sharing program to distribute it. Investigators found about 300 images of child pornography during a forensic examination of Melvin's computer, Whitworth stated in a news release.
Whitworth said Melvin was charged in a federal indictment March 2.
If convicted, he faces a sentence of five to 20 years in a federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000, according to Whitworth. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.