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Laurel County man pleads guilty to posting sexually explicit image of girl

A Laurel County man faces more than 12 years in prison after admitting he posted a sexually explicit image of a little girl in an online chat room.

David B. Haas, 54, of London pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to distributing child pornography.

Haas’ plea deal covered only one photo. However, the document said his offense involved more than 600 images.

The girl in the photo Haas admitted posting appeared to be 7 to 9 years old and had a “serious / fearful” expression on her face as someone photographed her, according to the plea document.

Haas did not produce the image.

The government will recommend a sentence of 12 years and seven months for Haas. That recommendation will not be binding on U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram released Haas after the hearing but placed him on home detention with electronic monitoring.

No sentencing date has been set.

Court records indicate the chat room Haas used reported a potential violation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which contacted Kentucky State Police to investigate.

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