Airman 1st Class Chad McClelland-Hall had downloaded 27 photos and videos of underage children engaged in sex acts, prosecutors said. They were discovered by McClelland-Hall's roommate, whom he'd asked to help fix his computer while they were stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The roommate reported the find to superior officers, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported Monday. McClelland-Hall's civilian lawyer said his client mistakenly downloaded the video files and stopped watching them when he realized what they were but didn't know how to delete them.
Prosecutors said when confronted McClelland-Hall demonstrated how he'd used his computer to search for and download the images and admitted to viewing them briefly on 10 occasions.
In addition to the prison time, McClelland-Hall, who has a young son, will lose his rank and receive a bad conduct discharge. He will also have to register as a sex offender, The Oklahoman said.
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