First reported 8/26/2010 3:42 p.m.

An Oak Park man arrested last November on child pornography charges pleaded guilty on Aug. 24, and now faces a minimum of five years in prison.

Kevin Fuller, a former Columbia College professor who lived on the 1000 block of North Taylor Avenue in Oak Park before he was arrested, reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

In that deal, Fuller pleaded guilty to two of the three counts against him, and the U.S. Attorney agreed to dismiss the other count.

According to court documents, Fuller e-mailed pornographic images involving prepubescent boys and adults to others from a Gmail account.

When the U.S. Attorney’s office subpoenaed Google in 2009 to examine Fuller’s e-mails, they found that he had “continually expressed a sexual interest in children,” according to the original charging documents.

When authorities seized Fuller’s computer from his Taylor Avenue home in November 2009, it allegedly had more than 300 pictures of child pornography.

Some of the pictures, according to the plea bargain, depicted minors under the age of 12. Some of them also portrayed “sadistic and masochistic violence.”

The minimum sentence is five years imprisonment, and the maximum is 30 years and a $500,000 fine. Fuller will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Fuller’s sentencing is scheduled for January 11, 2011.

CONTACT: bmeyerson@wjinc.com

A previous version of this article was updated to correct Fuller’s address in Oak Park

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