A Smethport man pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court for allegations that he possessed child pornography.

Chad M. Caldwell, 26, of Smethport, entered a guilty plea to one charge of sexual abuse of children. He appeared before President Judge John Pavlock to enter the plea.

District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer said that from Feb. 3, 2019, through Oct. 31, 2019, Caldwell possessed images depicting children under the age of 18.

Authorities were first alerted on Feb. 3, 2019, when a file was being transferred over the internet. On Oct. 31, police went to Caldwell’s home, where he still had child pornography.

Police found Caldwell to be in possession of 50 images of child pornography on a computer and cell phone that depicted indecent contact with prepubescent children, believed to be under the age of 13, according to Shaffer.

Caldwell will have to undergo a sexually violent predator evaluation. He will be sentenced Sept. 10.

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