LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A conviction from 15 years ago could cost a southern Indiana firefighter his job.

Sellersburg Deputy Fire Chief John Cline pleaded guilty in 2001 to charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography. Now the Indiana Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education has voted unanimously to strip Cline of his fire certification.

Members of the Board call it a matter of public trust.

But Cline's attorney, Matthew Langenbacher, tells WDRB, his client hasn't been in trouble since.

"He's paid his price," Langenbacher said. "And from that point forward, has never had any problems whatsoever. And they just assume he's got to be a pedophile, and they never get better. That's just not the case."

Cline was given 30 days to file an appeal.

The Board tried to revoke his certification in 2014, but an administrative law judge stepped in.

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