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Former firefighter pleads guilty to U.S. child porn charges

A former volunteer firefighter who worked with youth at the Lansdowne fire department pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to producing and possessing child pornography.

Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, of Owings Mills, faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison after engaging in sexually activity with two boys and filming the encounters.

Authorities recovered more than 600 images of child pornography from Cottle's computer and cell phone, which included images of additional victims, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Cottle, who had also been a paid firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department, previously pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court sex abuse of a minor.

During his plea hearing in Baltimore County, prosecutors said Cottle would often buy alcohol for one of his victims before engaging in sexual acts, some of which occurred at the Lansdowne fire station, including it the chief's office.

Cottle's sentencing in Baltimore County is scheduled for June 24. He is set to be sentenced July 18 in federal court.

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