Former Springs firefighter pleads guilty to being part of child porn ring

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A former Colorado Springs firefighter could face prison time for sex crimes against children.

Robert Stambaugh, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of child pornography-20 or more images. The first two counts carry four to 12 years in prison and the third count, two to six, though a judge could elect to sentence Stambaugh to probation or a two-year jail sentence with work release.

Stambaugh was arrested last October after spending 32 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department as a firefighter and paramedic. According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News, at the time of his arrest Stambaugh admitted to engaging in fantasy talk online with others for about a year. According to the arrest papers, the "fantasy" talk included the uploading and downloading of images of children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts. He was allegedly a member of an online chat group where adults bragged about sexually preying on children according to the arrest affidavit.

Investigators examined the contents of a tablet Stambaugh reportedly identified as his own. On this tablet, authorities saw "two videos of unknown prepubescent females without breast development or pubic hair engaged in sexual intercourse with unknown adult males."

Stambaugh is expected to be sentenced in June.