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WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne man faces a minimum of five years in prison for his guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to child pornography charges.


The plea followed the June indictment against Michael Shaw, 38, of Bennett Street. He pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography and admitted he traded and downloaded images on a computer between 2012 and June 5, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.


Luzerne County detectives initially charged Shaw in June after investigating a tip that a computer at his residence was used in a sexually explicit chat with a young boy. The investigation led to the discovery on the computer of videos and pictures of children engaged in sex acts.


Shaw faces a mandatory minimum of five years to a possible maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ordered that Shaw remain in custody pending sentencing.


In addition local police and county detectives, the FBI and state police investigated the case.


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