LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A veteran Los Angeles deputy city attorney pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he distributed and was in possession of child pornography.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ordered Christopher Richard Garcia, 57, not to use the Internet for any purpose following his arrest Sept. 4 on charges of one felony count each of distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography.

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Prosecutors say a search warrant was served last November at Garcia’s home in San Pedro, where pornographic images were found on his computer.

Garcia has been with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for 15 years, city attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox said earlier this month. He was placed on administrative leave when the City Attorney’s Office became aware of the allegations, Wilcox said.

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Garcia, 57, was admitted to practice law in the state of California in 1986. According to the California State Bar website, he has no public records of discipline.

He is due back in court Oct. 21.

If convicted as charged, Garcia faces up to five years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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