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Former Lorain County magistrate judge indicted on child pornography charges


CLEVELAND, Ohio — A former Lorain County magistrate accused of having child pornography on his computer was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury.

James Paterson, 49, is charged with receiving images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years in federal prison.

Paterson, who lives in Lorain, admitted to an FBI agent in a March 30 interview that he had between 500 and 1,000 images and 200 videos of child pornography on his computer, according to a criminal complaint filed earlier this month. He also admitted to posting comments on websites where he claimed he was a pedophile, though he also said he never abused any children.

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