Boone County man pleads guilty to child pornography possession

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 5:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — John S. Littell, 68, has pleaded guilty to first-degree child pornography possession. The plea was entered Monday in the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

An employee of a computer repair shop alerted the Columbia Police Department of Littell's possible child pornography posession on June 22, 2013, after discovering files on a hard drive the shop was repairing. According to probable-cause documents, an examiner from the Cyber Crimes Task Force found more than 25,000 pornographic files on the hard drive, which belonged to Littell. Many of the files contained sexually explicit depictions of minors, some as young as 8.

The Sheriff's Department arrested Littell on July 1, 2013. When serving a search warrant at Littell's residence at the Hyde Park Condos in Columbia, the Task Force found more than 8,000 additional pornographic images on a CD in Littell's room, according to the probable-cause documents.

Littell will be sentenced Sept. 8. First-degree child pornography possession carries a minimum sentence recommendation of five years' imprisonment.

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