Thursday , August 14, 2014 - 2:33 PM
OGDEN — The family of an Ogden man accused of downloading dozens of pornographic images watched as he pleaded guilty 10 times in court.
David McColley, 60, entered guilty pleas to 10 of the 30 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies, Thursday morning.
He waived his right to a presentence investigation and was sentenced by Judge Michael Direda to an indeterminate term of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for each count, the sentences to run concurrently. Credit will be given for time served. Counts 11 through 30 were dismissed, as per a plea agreement.
“It has been incredibly difficult for me to realize the harm I’ve placed upon my family,” said McColley, addressing Direda. “My family’s quite well-known in this area ... and what I’ve done for them is worse than anything that could possibly happen to me.”
The judge made note that McColley should be evaluated for sex offender treatment either while in prison or during his time with adult probation and parole.
In May, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a complaint from an adult website that a user uploaded a digital file of child pornography.
After investigation by the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children task force, McColley was found uploading child pornography to an adult website and possessing an external hard drive on which several other child pornography images were discovered.
His probable cause affidavit said, “ICAC agents identified 50 digital images of child pornography, 30 of which were described by the agents for this case, all found in the subject’s bedroom.” It is reported that no other individual had access to these images.
In July, McColley was booked into the Weber County Jail on $300,000 bail.
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