An Independence man faces at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to child porn charges.

James Clingenpeel, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City to one count each of attempting to distribute child pornography and possessing child porn, admitting that he possessed and shared hundreds of images and videos of child porn over the internet.

Clingenpeel used a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to distribute a video over the internet and was discovered during an FBI national investigation into a network that allows members to share child porn with each. Clingenpeel was an “ultimate” member with an account since October 2013.

An undercover FBI agent invited Clingenpeel to join his network, and Clingenpeel then shared 436 files to the network, according to court documents.

In April 2016, officers searched Clingenpeel's home and seized three electronic devices. A notebook computer contained 550 videos and 180 images of child porn, and a computer hard drive contained one video of child porn and a video and more than 100 images of possible child erotica.

Clingenpeel will be sentenced following a presentence investigation. The case was investigated by the FBI and Independence Police.