Man pleads guilty to possession, distribution of child pornography

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 5:12 p.m. CDT

A 27-year-old Columbia man, Thach Hoang Nguyen, pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court on Monday on charges of child pornography possession and distribution, according to Andy Anderson, Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force coordinator.

Anderson said the defendant, identified as Nguyen of 410 N. College Ave., Apt. E, admitted possessing more than 20 photographs of child pornography and one video of child pornography.

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged the man with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promoting child pornography on March 1, after a task force investigation was made on the file-sharing program Nguyen was using to distribute child pornography.

The investigator found files that showed the molestation of prepubescent children, Anderson said.

On Feb. 16, task force investigators identified the location of the files and served a court-ordered search warrant at the residence, finding what was thought to be at least 30 videos and possibly hundreds of photographs of child pornography, Anderson said.

 Anderson said the sentencing hearing will be Oct. 24. The judge may propose a sentencing decision to Nguyen at that time.

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