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Paul ''Pee-Wee'' Reubens pleads guilty to obscenity. Prosecutors drop child-porn charge in return for Reubens' guilty plea

Paul Reubens | SETTLE DOWN Reubens makes a plea deal
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SETTLE DOWN Reubens makes a plea deal

Looks like Pee-Wee's big legal adventure is almost over. Two and a half years after Los Angeles police raided his home and seized items from what he has called a collection of historical art photography, Paul Reubens agreed on Friday to a plea deal that led to the dismissal of a charge of possession of child pornography, Reuters reports. In return, the 51-year-old actor agreed to plead guilty to a charge of possessing obscene material with the intent to exhibit his collection. The midemeanor plea means a $100 fine and a probationary period of three years, after which the charge may be purged from his record. (Had he been convicted of the child-porn charge, he would have faced a possible $2,500 fine and a year in jail.) The performer best known for his kiddie-host alter ego Pee-Wee Herman must also stay away from children.

''I am glad the prosecutors finally dismissed the child pornography charge without me or the taxpayers having to pay for a costly circus-like trial. I am disappointed any part of my art collection was ever deemed inappropriate,'' Reubens said in a statement. ''Taking responsibility by calling a few images in this collection 'obscene' and paying a $100 fine seemed like the sanest way to make it end.''

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004