A Fremont Township man was placed on probation for two years Tuesday after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
James Considine, 59, came to the attention of police when he told an undercover police officer in an Internet chat room that he was molesting his own 13-year-old daughter.
Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Stanton said Lake County sheriff's police received a tip about Considine in early December of last year from police in Fort Pierce, Fla.
The officer told local officials he had been conversing with Considine in an Internet chat room, and Considine had told him he was molesting his own daughter.
Lake County police went to question Considine about the statement at his home in the 2600 block of Longmeadow Drive, Stanton said, and Considine told them he did not have any children.
He did tell detectives there were inappropriate images inside his computers, Stanton said, and more than 500 images of child pornography were found in the two computers and portable hard drive that were seized.
In addition to the probationary term, Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti ordered Considine to complete sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender.
He must also pay a $1,000 fine and make a $500 contribution to the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center.
Police will keep the computer equipment seized from Considine, Stanton said, and he is barred from using the Internet for anything but work purposes while he is on probation.
Stanton said Considine, who has no prior convictions, could have faced up to five years in prison if convicted after a trial.