A Rapid City man will spend time in jail and on probation after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Circuit Judge Robert Mandel suspended the execution of two concurrent five-year prison sentences for 41-year-old Waylen S. Block, but imposed a 10-day jail sentence and three years probation when Block appeared for sentencing Friday. 

Block was charged with three counts of possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography in March. He pleaded guilty to two charges, related to images found on his computer.

Pennington County State's Attorney Gina Nelson left the sentencing to Mandel but informed him that it was the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that alerted local officers to Block's conduct. He was posting graphic downloaded images of small children on an adult site, she said.

Nelson recommended a prison sentence.

Block's attorney, Randall Connelly, said his client was a daily drinker who battled depression during the year he viewed the images. Block cooperated with investigators.

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After his arrest, Block took "dramatic and aggressive steps to correct his behavior," Connelly said. His client joined Alcoholics Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous, the attorney said. 

Block faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each of the two counts he pleaded guilty to.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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