From our media partner Sun Sentinel: A Wilton Manors commercial pilot is hoping for a four-year prison sentence after admitting to having sexually explicit photos of bound and gagged children on his laptop computer.
Christopher Holmes, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in a Fort Lauderdale federal courtroom Wednesday morning.
"Are you hoping for a break in the case?" U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas asked.
"Yes, your honor," Holmes replied.
The felony carries a maximum of 20 years in prison but under the terms of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend four years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.
Holmes, who is free on $200,000 bond, will remain restricted to his home with an electronic ankle monitor until his April 9 sentencing.
Federal agents confiscated the American Airlines pilot's computer Aug. 16 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when he returned from Guadalajara, Mexico, a federal complaint said.
It contained sexual images of bound and gagged children as young as 6 and online chat logs expressing Holmes' desire to torture, rape and massacre young children, according to the complaint.
The chat logs included "sadistic and violent descriptions of child abuse," federal prosecutor Corey Steinberg told the judge.
Holmes told federal agents the laptop was his, that he had bought it before going to Mexico and it had not been in any other person's possession, the complaint said.
Holmes defense attorney, Mike Dutko, told the judge that since his client's arrest, Holmes has formally retired as an American Airlines pilot and has been involved in counseling.
"Given the sensitive nature of these charges, I would prefer to reserve comment until the time of sentencing," Dutko said outside of court.