COLUMBIA — A Columbia man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Wednesday after a yearlong investigation uncovered images on a cellphone.
Charles DeCarr III, 40, was the subject of an investigation that began on Nov. 5, 2012, when the FBI contacted the Boone County Sheriff's Cyber Crimes Task Force, according to a news release.
FBI agents had seized the cellphone of a suspect in Ohio during a different investigation. In their examination of the cellphone, agents discovered child pornography had been sent from Columbia.
DeCarr was arrested on Nov. 6, 2012.
Two children, ages 2 and 5, were taken into protective custody at the time. The investigation found DeCarr had produced child pornography involving one of the children on several occasions and distributed them to various other individuals.
Additional charges included sexual exploitation of a minor and statutory sodomy in the first degree.
In addition to the exploitation and sodomy charges, DeCarr pleaded guilty to promoting child pornography in the first degree and possession of child pornography of more than 20 photographs or one video.
DeCarr is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17, 2014. He has been held in the Boone County Jail since he was arrested. At that time, cash bond was set at $300,000.