Former New Orleans school teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges _lowres

Don Francis Jr., 45, of Metairie, admitted to possessing 5,378 images and 362 videos showing the sexual victimization of children. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

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A former New Orleans school teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to transportation of child pornography, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.

Don Francis Jr., 45, of Metairie, admitted to possessing 5,378 images and 362 videos showing the sexual victimization of children.

Prosecutors said he admitted that he was sexually attracted to children and had searched for child pornography since 1997.

Francis faces a mandatory 15-year sentence under his plea agreement. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance set sentencing for Aug. 3.