Investigations conducted by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force have resulted in prison sentences for two southwest Missouri men who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Cassville Police Department investigator James Smith and Barry County Sheriff's Department investigator Brian Martin assisted with the investigations.
According to press releases issued by David M. Ketchmark, acting United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Jason Farris, 31, of Anderson, and Jerry Earl Troupe, Jr., 51, of Humansville, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Monday.
Farris was sentenced to 17 years and six months and Troupe was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Troupe was also ordered to forfeit to the government two desktop computers that were used to commit the offense.
On Dec. 19, 2011, Farris pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Farris used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and share the pornographic images.
Troupe pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet on Aug. 30, 2011. He also admitted to sharing child pornography over the Internet through a peer-to-peer file sharing program.
On April 13, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Troupe's residence and seized two computers. A forensic examination of the two computers was conducted. The examiner found six videos and 27 photos of child pornography.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations worked with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force in the investigations.
Farris' case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher, and Troupe's case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary K. Milligan.
Both cases were brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May of 2006, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The effort is led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.
Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information on Project Safe Childhood, or Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.