A 47-year-old Summerville man will spend the next four years behind bars after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Senior U.S. District Judge P. Michael Duffy sentenced Kevin J. Powers Monday to four years imprisonment, followed by lifetime-supervised release, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin F. McDonald.

According to the release, evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that Powers downloaded child pornography from the Internet using the Limewire file-sharing program. 

In March 2009, Powersí wife called the Dorchester County Sheriffís Office to report that she had found child pornography on his computer, according to the release. After deputies arrived, Powers consented to the search of his computer and agreed to be interviewed.  He confessed to downloading thousands of images of child pornography over the last five years.  A forensic examination of Powersí computer found more than 100 videos of child pornography, McDonald said.

Agents of the Dorchester County Sheriffís Office and the FBI investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.