Columbia teen arrested on pornography charges

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A 15-year-old from Columbia was arrested on suspicion of retaining and distributing child pornography.

Police arrested the suspect Monday after seizing computers and related media from a south Columbia residence. The computers and electronic storage contained almost 200 pornographic images and files.

They found 133 videos and 57 photographs, according to Detective Andy Anderson of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Anderson said the arrest was the result of an ongoing operation by the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, a joint venture between the Sheriff's Department, the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

The task force conducts investigations into file-sharing programs to determine if pornography is distributed in mid-Missouri. In this case, the files were distributed through the file-sharing network Gnutella.

Because the suspect is a juvenile, Anderson could not say whether he is in custody. There is no word on whether the suspect will be tried as an adult.


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Robbin Bower September 30, 2009 | 9:21 a.m.

Surprised NO, disgusted YES. Pornography is all over the place including our dear Springfield. I could give you a long dirty laundry list of what my straight, polite daughters were taught by other kids after moving here 9 years ago. Parents are you there? Take the advice just say "NO" Parents who do drugs and porn are likely to have kids with the same addictions and problems. Don't say I love my kids, and then send them out with whoever to do "Whatever"

Stop excentuating SEX as all important for the kids will become all about it. I have checked the local statistics and the town is full of diseases being passed from kid to kid. The word LOVE is frivilous amongst sexually active kids and used to get them what they want, SEX. Date Rape is up, yes, it is still rape! Then you pick your kid up and say "Whose your Moma, and who really LOVES you" when they can't hold their head up for the shame of being in the WRONG place at the WRONG time with the WRONG people.

Pornography is rape of the mind. What good has ever come out of pornography I ask? God says he gives those up to their deviant ways. Parents who don't know right from wrong certainly can't teach it to the kids. Someone told me I couldn't choose my kids friends. I said watch me and learn. If you don't the worst kind of kids will choose your children, for they want victims and accomplices in their deviant ways

I would almost bet that computer leads right back to Springfield.

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