JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Palm Coast man who used sword to keep investigators from finding child porn in his home has plead guilty.
Kamil Mezalka, 21, entered the plea to a federal charge of receiving child pornography over the internet. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in jail, a $250,000 fine and a potential life term of supervised release. He has also agreed to forfeit his computer and other digital media equipment.
In March, federal investigators in Philadelphia discovered Mezalka's IP address during a sweep of file-sharing network. Many of the files contained titles and descriptions of child porn and sexually abused children.
By May, a search warrant was issued and agents came to Mezalka's home. When they showed up, authorities caught him using a samurai sword in an attempt to destroy his computer. Agents stopped him and eventually seized 12,000 images and 3,000 videos of child porn from his hard drive.
Mezalka could be jailed for up to 20 years when his sentenced is determined at a later date.