Thursday November 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- An Adams man will be serving 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to child porn possession charges.

In Berkshire Superior Court, David M. Clerc, 32, admitted to Judge John A. Agostini that he had downloaded child porn videos and images from LimeWire, a computer file sharing program, back in 2010.

According to Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on Clerc's home on Jan. 25, 2010, and discovered computer disks that contained images and videos of juveniles in sex acts with adults.

Kinzer said that Clerc admitted downloading and viewing the porn, but that Clerc denied being a sex offender or ever touching a child and had been viewing the images out of "curiosity."

Clerc pleaded guilty to five charges of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Under a joint recommendation between the DA's Office and Clerc's attorney, Nathaniel K. Green, to which the judge agreed, Clerc will begin serving 90 days of a one-year sentence on Nov. 26, followed by two years of probation. During probation, he will have to wear a GPS monitor.

The judge will sentence Clerc on Nov. 26. He is out on personal recognizance until that time, but if he fails to show or gets in any more trouble, Agostini can sentence Clerc to the maximum of five years in state prison.

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