A Eugene teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to making pornography depicting 10 children, one of whom he sodomized.

Elliot Thomas Cumer, who was a senior at Sheldon High School when police arrested him in April, is expected to be sentenced to 25 years in prison when he returns to Lane County Circuit Court next month.

Cumer, 19, could have been sentenced to a lifetime behind bars had he been convicted by a jury. He instead struck an agreement with prosecutors that will allow him to be released from custody in 2039, when he will be 44 years old.

Under the deal, Cumer pleaded guilty to 10 counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and another felony charge of third-degree sodomy involving a child younger than 16. The crimes occurred between October 2013 and April of this year.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of purchasing sex with a minor that Cumer also had faced.

Judge Debra Vogt scheduled a sentencing hearing in the case for Sept. 24.

Lane County Deputy District Attorney Steve Morgan said in court that he did not know if any of the victims will want to speak during the hearing. None of Cumer's victims were in court when he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Cumer with victimizing two children initially. A grand jury in July issued an indictment that expanded the charges to include a total of 10 victims.

The indictment states that Cumer employed, compelled and induced the 10 children to participate in or engage in sexually explicit conduct, intending that the acts would be viewed by others after being recorded. Cumer illegally had "deviate sexual intercourse" with one of the victims, according to the indictment.

Eugene police previously said victims in the case knew Cumer. The Register-Guard typically does not identify crime victims.

Cumer's attorney, Greg Veralrud of Eugene, said in court that Cumer forfeited to authorities a computer and a cellphone used in the crimes.

Veralrud said that the six-week break between Cumer's court appearance on Tuesday and the sentencing hearing will allow time to have the teenager evaluated for eligibility in potential treatment programs that he could enter after serving the prison sentence.

Veralrud last week filed court documents indicating that the evaluation would be done to determine if Cumer could be designated as developmentally disabled, which could allow him entry to various rehabilitation programs that would not otherwise be available.

Cumer's plea agreement calls for him to remain on post-prison supervision for the rest of his life and to register as a sex offender.

Cumer has been held in the Lane County Jail since his arrest and will remain there until his sentencing hearing.

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