A 65-year-old Batavia man was sentenced to four years probation and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after admitting to possessing child pornography, according to court records.
Danny L. Clifford, of the 400 block of Park Street, also must serve 180 days of electronic home monitoring and pay a $4,200 fine as part of a plea agreement reached with Kane County prosecutors this week.
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Clifford pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child pornography possession in exchange for prosecutors dismissing additional charges. If Clifford violates his probation, he could be sentenced to prison.
The felonies he pleaded guilty to carry a prison term of three to seven years, but probation also was an option.
Judge James Hallock accept the plea.
Defense attorney Scott Sheen could not be reached for comment.
Clifford was arrested in October 2011 after authorities searched his home and found hundreds of CDs and DVDs of pornography, officials said. Under a law that went into effect a few months earlier, Clifford could have faced consecutive sentences for each of the 14 original aggravated child pornography charges he faced.
As part of Clifford's sex offender probation, he must provide a DNA sample, have no unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 18, and cannot visit Internet chat rooms.
He also must stay more than 200 feet away from schools, parks, day care centers and other places that have a high concentration of children; he cannot work or volunteer in a capacity where he would be in contact withy anyone younger than 18, according to court records.