Ex-police officer John Krivokapich pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 6:30 p.m. CDT; updated 4:24 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — A California man pleaded guilty June 16 to child pornography charges involving a 15-year-old girl from Tipton, Mo.

The FBI, the Stockton Police Department, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force collectively handled the investigation.

Krivokapich, a former Stockton police officer, initially contacted the 15-year-old Missouri girl through a website, which led to phone and email conversations. The girl asked her mother for permission to travel to California to meet Krivokapich.

The incident led the girl's mother to contact the police and voluntarily hand over her daughter’s computer. Evidence on the computer helped Stockton police obtain a search warrant for Krivokapich's house. During the search, police discovered that Krivokapich was in possession of child pornography videos.

The recent development of cyber crime task forces across the country helped this case move quickly and smoothly, said Andy Anderson, a member of the Boone County task force.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller will hold sentencing for Krivokapich on Sept. 8. He could face up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervision upon release.

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