Cyber Crimes Task Force wins case against owner of child pornography

Kirkwood Court resident pleads guilty, gets six-year prison sentence.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 | 3:10 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Anthony M. Thompson has been sentenced to six years in prison for possessing child pornography. Thompson, 20, pleaded guilty to the crime Monday in Boone County Circuit Court.

Thompson, using a computer at his house, offered to share child pornography through a file-sharing program, according to the Boone County Sheriff's news release.

The release said that in January, the Cyber Crimes Task Force served a court-ordered search warrant at Thompson's home on Kirkwood Court to seize a computer. Investigators found large numbers of photographs and videos of child pornography on the computer. Thompson was arrested Feb. 26 for suspicion of possession of child pornography and promoting child pornography.

Boone County assistant prosecutor Merilee Crockett said Thompson struck a plea bargain, agreeing to plead guilty of possessing child pornography in exchange for having the charge of promoting child pornography dropped. Both charges are Class B felonies and carry a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 15 years in prison. Crockett also noted that Thompson could have been charged with Class B felonies for every video and for every 20 photographs found on his computer.

Thompson will serve his sentence with the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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