Three men plead guilty to child pornography charges

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 12:31 p.m. CST
From left to right, Ansel Lenser, Joel Florence and Ryan Meyer.

COLUMBIA — Three men were sentenced Monday in Boone County Circuit Court on charges related to child pornography.

Ryan Michael Meyer, Ansel Lenser and Joel Wesley Florence were arrested after separate investigations that linked the men to child pornography file sharing programs, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force

Ryan Michael Meyer, 25, of Woodrow St., was sentenced to six years in prison A search of his residence on Sept. 22, revealed "a very large amount, possibly hundreds, of child pornography videos" on his computer.

Joel Wesley Florence, 27, formerly of West Bethany Drive, is believed to now live in Franklin County. He received a suspended seven-year prison sentence and was placed on five years probation. On Feb. 17, a detective downloaded four video files from Florence's home computer network, all involving prepubescent children.

Ansel Lenser, 26, of Claudell Lane, was sentenced to five years in prison. A December 14, 2010, search of his residence uncovered 17 photographs and 13 child pornography videos. Investigators also seized two computers and were able to retrieve 50 additional files that had been deleted before the search.

All three sentencings followed investigations by the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, made up of investigators from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the University of Missouri Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

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