Former panhandle hospital administrator enters guilty plea to child pornography charge

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A former panhandle hospital administrator entered a guilty plea Wednesday to possession of child pornography in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Jim Parks entered the plea in federal court in Lincoln in exchange for dismissal of a second child pornography charge filed as part of a February indictment. The plea agreement indicates both parties have agreed to a sentence recommendation of three years in prison when Parks is sentenced November 20th.

Parks, the former Chief Operating Officer for Box Butte General Hospital, was arrested following a four month long investigation in which he is alleged to have possessed and shared child pornography.

The plea agreement documents indicate the hospital's IT personnel discovered a questionable internet history on Parks' computer while investigating a virus that had impacted the building's computer system. The documents say the virus was introduced through Parks' internet history and there were files consistent with child pornography.

The documents say the file specifically related to the guilty plea was received and viewed by Parks on June 9th, 2013.

The maximum penalty for Parks' guilty plea is ten years in prison.

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