An Export man pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography and threatening a postal inspector with death.
Todd R. Markley, 49, was on the seized customer list of a Los Angeles company that sold child pornography, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Smolar.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service set up a fake child pornography company and sent solicitations to known customers, including Mr. Markley, she said. He responded with emailed requests for hardcore child pornography catalogs.
On May 12, postal inspectors delivered child pornography to Mr. Markley's home and then searched it, finding two thumb drives with some 600 images of prepubescent boys in sex acts, Ms. Smolar said.
On May 31, Mr. Markley wrote an email to a female postal inspector titled "an eye for an eye," saying that he had placed "a $3,000 bounty on her head" that would result in her being gang raped and killed, Ms. Smolar said.
He sent it from his own email address and placed his name at the bottom.
Asked by U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone whether he did the things of which he is accused, Mr. Markley hesitated for a moment before saying, "Yes, your honor."
Mr. Markley's attorney has argued in prior hearings and court filings that the defendant suffers from numerous medical conditions and tried to take his own life the day he wrote the threatening email.
Mr. Markley remains jailed and is set to be sentenced June 18. Federal sentencing guidelines suggest that he may face more than four years in prison.
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