The onetime nursery-school aide and summer camp counselor in Monmouth County charged by federal investigators with downloading child pornography, pleads guilty, and risks up to 20 years in prison.

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James Paroline, 27, of Red Bank, can expect a minimum of five years and also risks a $250,000 fine, according to information from the office of New Jersey U. S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. His sentencing is scheduled for June 1.

In Trenton, Paroline accepted a guilty plea to the first count of the indictment that was reached last August, charging him with receiving child pornography, admitting that he downloaded lewd images of children to his home computer. The second count, for possesssion, did not weigh in the plea.

Prior to his July 2015 arrest, Paroline worked as a preschool aide, and as a private school summer camp counselor. Authorities declined to disclose the entities.

The Asbury Park Press last August identified the Ranney School as the sponsor of the summer camp, adding that he had been dismissed.

Between February 26 and March 5, 2015, Paroline entered the PlayPen online underground bulletin board, investigators said.

He registered as "jimbobtropolis," using his personal e-mail address, and downloaded multiple salacious images and videos, investigators alleged.

Detectives said that they traced the user name and IP address to Paroline's home unit.

Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Brendan Day conducted the State's case. Paroline's defense counselor was Woodbridge attorney Darren Gelber.

The probe entailed elements of the FBI in Newark, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, and police in Red Bank and Middletown.

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