Child porn guilty plea for ex-Ohio education exec

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former high-ranking Ohio Department of Education official plans to plead guilty to a single count of possession of child pornography.

John Childs, the department’s former chief financial officer and chief operating officer, was fired Nov. 2 after the agency was provided evidence related to a State Highway Patrol investigation.

A charge made public Monday said Childs in October knowingly possessed images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Childs’ attorney Joseph Scott says his client agreed to plead guilty because of a government offer that couldn’t be passed up.

Education Department spokesman John Charlton says Childs worked on the agency’s financial side, never had an educator’s license, and was not in contact with children as a state official.

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