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Former Phelps school janitor to spend three years in prison on child porn charges

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EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (WSAU) -- A former janitor in the Phelps School District will spend the next three years in prison for downloading child porn on school computers.

62-year-old Richard Buell plead guilty to two counts of possession of child porn back in June. Eight other charges in the case were dropped.

Buell was a former employee at the Phelps school district. Administrators tipped off police that someone on the staff had been accessing pornography from school computers in February of 2013.

Prosecutors say Buell had been using a school issued laptop meant ot be monitoring the district's HVAC systems to view and download porn, and that police found pictures of girls from the district in bikinis along with other child pornography.

Buell will have to spend three years on probation once he's released and register as a sex offender.

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