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An ex-Los Angeles city firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to possess child pornography.

Luis Gutierrez, 49, of Chino Hills, faces a possible prison sentence of up to five years, lifetime registration as a sex offender, five years of supervised release and restitution to be determined by the court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gutierrez was previously indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography obtained through the use of the Ares file-sharing program.

Gutierrez was an engineer with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and investigators believe that he used internet connections at three different fire stations in 2013 to download the child pornography found on his computer, according to prosecutors.

Under a plea agreement, Gutierrez pleaded to the possession count, which carries a mandatory five-year probationary sentence.

On Nov. 12, 2013, investigators executed a search warrant at Gutierrez’s home, seizing his laptop computer and external hard drive.

Court papers show that 11 illegal videos were discovered on the computer ware, including at least one child porn clip that originated in Russia.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner set sentencing for Feb. 13.

—City News Service

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