SW man convicted on child porn charges

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A federal grand jury convicted an Ava man of receiving child pornography last week.

The case against Ronnie Landsdown, 28, was conducted by investigators with the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force, which includes officers from the Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Cassville Police Department.

According to evidence introduced at the trial, task force officers identified a computer at Landsdown's residence that was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and distribute child pornography.

A search warrant was executed at Landsdown's home and two computers were seized. One of the computers belonged to Landsdown and the other belonged to David Hicks, 38, of Ava, a co-defendant in the case. Both men shared the home with their girlfriends, and both of their computers contained images of child pornography.

The jury deliberated for one hour before returning a verdict of guilty to U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr in Springfield.

Hicks pleaded guilty to the receiving stolen property on Feb. 8.

Landsdown and Hicks each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole or up to 20 years in federal prison without parole plus a fine of up to $250,000.

Hicks is scheduled for sentencing on July 27, and Landsdown will be sentenced following a presentence investigation.

The case against both men was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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