A Wichita man pleaded guilty Thursday to collecting thousands of images and videos of child pornography, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
James Paul Bettes, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
In May 2014, a Wichita police detective downloaded child pornography Bettes was distributing over a peer-to-peer network and was able to trace it to Bettes, according to the release.
According to the release, Bettes was found to have been collecting child pornography since 1995, using a computer, external drives and other devices to store the porn.
Federal prosecutors will recommend a 20-year sentence in addition to $3,000 of restitution per victim to any victim who can be identified. The total is not to exceed $50,000.
Sentencing is set for April 9.