GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest in Montana who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 81-year-old Lothar Konrad Krauth was sentenced Thursday to the minimum term allowed by statute.

He was accused in November of receiving child pornography after investigators received a tip identifying a Great Falls IP address as uploading an image of a nude prepubescent male child.

Prosecutors say Krauth received and viewed thousands of images of child porn, including children as young as 2 or 3 years old. Defense attorney Anthony Gallagher has said Krauth never intended to view images of toddlers.

Krauth was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes in Great Falls from 1989 to 2014.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com