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Rome musician pleads guilty to child pornography charges

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - A musician from central New York has admitted to persuading six underage girls to send him sexually explicit photographs and videos.
 
24-year-old Michael Lombardo of Rome pleaded guilty, Wednesday, in federal court in Utica to receiving child pornography, according to reports.
 
Federal prosecutors say Lombardo is a musician who developed a following of teenage female fans by posting his performances on YouTube.
 
Lombardo was arrested at his home in July 2012 after FBI agents said he arranged a meeting in western New York with a 15-year-old fan from Indiana.

Prosecutors claim the girl and two 17-year-old female friends said Lombardo had enticed them to send to him sexually explicit videos and pictures of themselves.
 
He faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced in January.

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