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Former NM youth minister sentenced on porn charge

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - A former Los Alamos youth minister has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for distributing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales says 58-year-old Matthew Nichols will be on supervised release for the rest of his life once his prison term ends.

He also must pay a $10,000 fine and register as a sex offender.

Nichols was a youth minister at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos when he was indicted last June on child pornography charges.

He pleaded guilty in October to distributing and attempting to distribute a video depicting child pornography.

The court dismissed the rest of the charges in the indictment after Nichols was sentenced.

Investigators say examinations of computers seized from the church and Nichols' home found 1,465 images and 186 videos of child pornography.

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