- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Albuquerque police officer has pleaded guilty in a federal child pornography case.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Nelson Begay entered his plea Wednesday.

His sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet, but prosecutors say Begay is facing at least five years in prison and up to a 20-year term.

He also will have to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Begay was arrested last November on suspicion of receiving and possessing computer images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Shortly before his arrest, Begay resigned from the Albuquerque Police Department.

The New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at Begay’s Albuquerque home last November and seized computers and other files.

Authorities say Begay was sharing child porn on file-sharing networks.

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