A former employee of the U.S. Marshals Service pleaded guilty in federal court today to possession of child pornography.

Christopher W. McKee, 37, of Fredericksburg admitted he had two CDs of child pornography in his desk in his Arlington office and child pornography on computers and other media found at his home and in a storage unit.

McKee was named in a February indictment charging him with three counts of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced on July 18.

Officials said McKee, an intelligence analyst with the Marshals Service, was placed on administrative leave after the charges were filed and he has agreed to resign.

According to a statement of facts signed by McKee, in July 2010 agents with the Department of Justice Inspector General’s office were called by the Marshals Service to McKee’s Arlington office where they seized the two CDs.

The agents later searched McKee’s home and a storage unit and several computers and computer media were seized.

An examination showed that McKee had downloaded and saved thousands of images and videos of child pornography. As part of his plea he acknowledged that he downloaded the material knowingly and that he knew it was against the law.

The plea agreement also calls for him to voluntarily resign from his government job and terminate his security clearance.

McKee agreed to forfeit several computers and related devices and 10 CDs, DVDs, zip drives and floppy disk drives.

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