One man arrested, two men sentenced in child sex cases

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | 5:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Two Missouri men were sentenced to prison Monday for sexual crimes against children, and a Boone County man was arrested on multiple warrants for child pornography.

Centralia police arrested 22-year-old Tony D. Jones Jr. of Centralia on 16 warrants related to producing and possessing child pornography.

Police said they found an 8-gigabyte thumb drive in Jones's bedroom that contained about 800 pornographic files of minors, according to the probable-cause statement from the Boone County Circuit Court.

Officer Joe Bellamy of the Centralia Police Department interviewed four of the girls who appeared in files on the drive and confirmed they were younger than 18 years old, according to the probable cause statement.

Bellamy also said he found videos on the drive that show a man setting up a camera in secret to record two women in the shower, according to the probable cause statement. Police said Jones confessed to taking these videos.

Jones was being held at the Boone County Jail on a $58,500 bond.

Two men were sentenced to prison by a Boone County Circuit judge for child sex crimes.

Gary D. Foster, 53, was sentenced by a judge on Monday to serve 53 years in prison for sexual crimes against a child.

Police seized pornographic pictures of a 13-year-old boy in 2012 from Foster's house, according to a Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force news release. Police said some of the pictures depicted Foster touching the child in a sexual way.

Foster plead guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and first-degree statutory sodomy of a minor younger than 14 years old.

Conrad E. Brin, 71, of Columbia, also was sentenced to five years in prison after he plead guilty to possessing child pornography.

Police discovered a trove of child pornography in August that was being offered through a file-sharing program, according to a news release from the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force. Investigators traced the network to Brin's home in northeast Columbia.

Police seized several computers and external hard drives on Sept. 11 from Brin's home at 1309 Dawn Ridge Road, according to the release. Investigators said they believe the hundreds of pornographic images and videos depicted children as young as 8 years old.

 Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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