Lake Wylie man pleads guilty to child porn possession

A Lake Wylie man who was arrested in March by a federal task force that targets child pornography faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in federal court to possession of more than 200 pictures and videos that contained child porn.

Gregory Lingen, 35, of 1849 Kilkenny Drive, admitted to having the photos of children as young as 7 and that he had uploaded pornographic videos of children to YouTube. Agents with the Department of Homeland Security and YouTube officials spotted the pornographic materials online and began an investigation that was spearheaded by South Carolina’s branch of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Lingen, who worked for a Charlotte homebuilder, has been on bond since the day after his arrest in March. State charges were dismissed after Lingen was indicted on the federal crimes, court records show. Lingen was allowed to remain on bond Wednesday after pleading guilty in federal court until his sentencing in a couple of months.

Both Lingen and his lawyer, Chris Hart, declined to comment on the guilty plea, potential sentence, or why Lingen had the porn in his possession and why Lingen put the videos online.

When arrested Lingen admitted to police he had uploaded the porn videos that included children and admitted he had “bad images on his computer,” federal prosecutor DeWayne Pearson said in court Wednesday.