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Sioux Falls ex-fire chief pleads guilty to child porn charge

November 19, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former Sioux Falls fire chief has pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography.

The Argus Leader reports that 59-year-old Jim Sideras entered the guilty plea Monday morning. Nine remaining child pornography counts against Sideras will be dismissed.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. A sentencing date hasn’t been set in the case.

Jury selection in Sideras’ trial was set to begin this week. He was charged in May 2017 and had previously pleaded not guilty to all counts.

A defense attorney declined to comment to the newspaper. Sideras will be required to register as a sex offender.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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