Child porn sends BC man to prison

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Barry County man will spend 35 years in federal prison for producing child pornography and possessing counterfeit money.

Timothy C. Stringer, 35, of Golden, was sentenced on Sept. 19 to 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and five years in prison for possessing counterfeit currency. The sentences, which will run consecutively, were handed down in federal court in Springfield by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays.

According to court records, Stringer admitted to taking pornographic photos of a 15-year-old with two cell phones and a digital camera between Feb. 6 and June 14, 2010. The images included photos of Stringer and the minor engaged in sex.

Stringer also pleaded guilty to possessing nine counterfeit $100 bills.

The case against Stringer was investigated by the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the Cassville Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the U.S. Secret Service Administration.

Stringer's arrest and subsequent prison sentence are part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May of 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

A law enforcement tool used locally to support this initiative is the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which includes officers from the Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Cassville Police Department.

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