A Tompkins County sex offender is facing at least 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Leroy Reed of Ithaca admitted to receiving and possessing child porn using a computer to download images from February 2020 to March 2021.

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Authorities say Reed admitted using peer-to-peer file sharing software to download the child porn. Then, a search of his apartment found he was in possession of fifty-five images and 94 video files depicting child pornography.

He is a registered sex offender who had been convicted in 2002 of Rape for an attack on a fifteen-year-old.

Federal prosecutors say Reed could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison with five years to life on post release supervision when he is sentenced in September.

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