Sterling man pleads guilty to terrorism charges, child pornography

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STERLING, Va. – A sterling man pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism related charges and child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

Court documents show Sean Andrew Duncan, 22, altered, destroyed, mutilated, concealed, and covered up a thumb drive and memory chip with the intent to impede and obstruct an FBI terrorism investigation.

He also knowingly and unlawfully received images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and possessed thousands of such images including images of infants being sexually abused, prosecutors say.

Officials say Duncan was in contact with a woman back in June who had been detained in a foreign country for actively planning to join ISIS, and made comments about wanting to make “hijrah” to Syria.

By accepting the plea, prosecutors say the Court is bound to sentencing Duncan within 15-20 years in prison.