PROVO — Citing a lack of sufficient sex-offender treatment at the Utah State Prison, a Provo judge spared a Provo man prison time for possessing child pornography in the hope he can seek better treatment on his own.

Joseph M. Carlson, 24, appeared in 4th District Court Thursday to be sentenced on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies that carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

But Judge Anthony Schofield said that because the state prison system lacks a substantial therapy program, Carlson should be placed on three years probation.

Carlson also was ordered to seek "intensive outpatient therapy."

Schofield also ordered Carlson to serve 365 days in the Utah County Jail. He can be released for work and therapy.

Carlson was arrested as part of a sting on an Internet child pornography ring.

Prosecutors said said Carlson was arrested after FBI agents reportedly found that he purchased access to child pornography sites using his credit card. When agents seized his computer, they reported finding pornographic photos, some including children.

Defense attorney Donald McCandless said Carlson had already sought therapy.