BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Tioga County man is facing 109 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for his receipt and possession of child pornography.

Mahkya Searles admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography online over the course of nearly a year.

By March 20, 2019, he had more than 30 images of child pornography on his phone, some of which involved prepubescent minors.

In imposing this sentence, the district judge on the case found that Searles had a prior pattern of activity involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a 5-year-old.

Upon release form prison, he must register as a sex offender.