A Dallas police officer has agreed to plead guilty to possession of child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Sr. Cpl. Daniel Lee Collins signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors earlier this week admitting he possessed “sadistic or masochistic” sexually-explicit pictures of children and knowingly sent them to others over the internet.
In addition to the prison sentence, Collins could be fined up to $250,000.
Collins attorney Scott H. Palmer responded saying "Daniel Collins is not interested in a protracted fight. Instead, Mr. Collins is pleading guilty to a single count of possession as opposed to the more serious charges of transportation, receipt, or distribution."
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Collins, 35, was placed on leave after his arrest last month by Homeland Security Investigations agents.
Prosecutors said he used a city computer to upload sexually-explicit images of children.
Collins joined the Dallas police department in July 2007 and was assigned to work on auto thefts.