A man was jailed for firing a water pistol at children - loaded with his own semen.

Kevin Jaramillo pleaded no contest in a courtroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to charges stemming from two indictments, including child abuse without great bodily harm, sexual exploitation and criminal sexual contact.

Jaramillo, who initially faced going to prison for more than 57 years, is to serve 18 years under the plea agreement.

Authorities said that he approached several children in the Albuquerque area last March to film them getting squirted with the water pistol.

The 35-year-old apologised to his victims in court, blaming his behaviour on alcohol, drugs and mental illness.

His victims ranged in age from nine to 18.

The father of one of the victims said that Jaramillo took away his daughter's innocence.