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      Ex-Ohio official sentenced in child porn case

      The sentencing against John Childs, the department's former chief financial officer and chief operating officer, came Friday in Columbus.
      COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former high-ranking Ohio Department of Education official has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of possession of child pornography. The sentencing against John Childs, the department's former chief financial officer and chief operating officer, came Friday in Columbus. Childs' attorney Joseph Scott says his client's plea agreement included the six-month binding sentence. Childs, who pleaded guilty in April, was fired Nov. 2 after the agency was provided evidence related to a State Highway Patrol investigation. A charge made public in April said Childs knowingly possessed images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Childs had 11 images of child pornography on his desktop computer at home when a search warrant was executed in August, according to court records.