MISSOULA - A 56-year-old Helena man pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving and possessing child pornography.
Larry Talseth entered his plea in front of District Judge Donald Molloy and was released on house arrest. His sentencing is scheduled for May 16 in Helena.
In April 2006, a federal cyber-crime unit began an investigation called "operation flicker" to identify subscribers of numerous child pornography Web sites. Talseth was one of thousands of people identified, and a May 2007 search of his home revealed dozens of child pornography movies stored on his computer, as well as thousands of images involving young children engaged in depictions of violence.
During the search, Talseth admitted knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography images via the Internet from 2004 until July 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
He faces five to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervision.