A former Monticello schools employee faces sentencing in August after admitting to federal child pornography charges.
Forty year-old William Bell of St. Joseph pleaded guilty Thursday to the three counts in the original indictment: two counts of transportation of child pornography, which carry a five to 20 year prison sentence, and one count of possession of child pornography, which has a maximum of 10 years behind bars.
A judge will sentence Bell on Aug. 12.
The plea comes around two months after prosecutors announced the charges. Bell’s attorney, Tom Bruno, said the man has “accepted responsibility.”
Bell was an information technology employee at Monticello schools. But superintendent Vic Zimmerman said the crimes did not involve students or school equipment.
The district placed Bell on leave Nov. 30, and he resigned Feb. 4, four days before officers arrested him.