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Former teacher's aide gets 24 years for child porn

Thursday, December 18, 2008 | 11:57 a.m. CST; updated 9:43 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 18, 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A former teacher's aide is sentenced to 24 years in prison for producing child pornography.

The sentence for 52-year-old Michael Smith of Steele was handed down Wednesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau.

Smith had pleaded guilty earlier, admitting he took sexually explicit photos of a boy who was less than 12 years old. The crime happened in 2007, when Smith was a teacher's aide at the child's school. The photos were taken at Smith's home.

Earlier this year, Smith was convicted in state court for statutory sodomy involving another minor male.

 


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