ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — A Howard County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children received a tip on January 2, 2019, that pornographic images were being downloaded by a computer belonging to Robert Awtrey, 71, of Ellicott City.

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A search warrant was executed on his house on May 29, 2019, by Howard County Police.

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During a thorough search of Awtrey’s home, police discovered three USB drives in a safe in the basement. Forensic preview showed three images containing child pornography.

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Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2020, in Howard County Circuit Court.