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Convicted murderer in child porn charges

June 21, 2010 at 9:17 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, June 21 (UPI) -- A paroled convicted killer in Britain has been returned to prison on charges of child pornography, officials said.

Jon Venables was convicted in 1993, along with Robert Thompson, for the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger, when Thompson and Venables were 10 years old, The Sun reported. They were sentenced to live in prison for the killing in Liverpool, but were released on parole in 2001 -- a decision that provoked controversy.

Venables is accused of downloading child pornography images between February 2009 and February 2010, and of distributing images in February of this year, the newspaper said.

He was returned to prison for parole violation in February but the charges could not be reported until now because of a judge's gag order, The Sun said.

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