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San Diego teacher pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of possessing child pornography, which could bring a prison sentence between 35 years and life.

Timothy James Hensley, 39, a science teacher at Bell Middle School, pleaded guilty to receiving images of a 10-year-old girl and other minors "in sexually explicit conduct." No evidence suggests the images were those of his students, according to court documents.

Hensley is set to be sentenced Aug. 12 in San Diego federal court. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a minimum sentence of 35 years and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. He may also be sentenced to a $500,000 fine.

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