Monett man enters guilty plea in child porn case

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Monett man has entered a plea of guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet, stemming from a July 2012, federal indictment.

German authorities identified Donald A. Rise, 57, of Monett, during an investi- gation into a website operated by a German citizen that was used to distribute child por- nography.

The investigation led to the seizure of files from the website, including child pornography and log files. Information about computers in the United States that had downloaded child pornography from the site, including a computer identified as Rise's, was forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

When officers contacted Rise at his res- idence, Rise admitted that he had viewed child pornography on his desktop computer the night before. Rise admitted that he had images of child pornography on his comput- er. According to Rise, the average age of the victims portrayed in the images was about

12 years of age and some images depicted children in obvious distress.

Investigators conducted a forensic re- view of Rise's computer and found 1,681 images of child pornography, including nu- merous images of children between the ages of 2 and 10 years old.

Rise entered the guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate David P. Rush on July 1.

Under federal statutes, Rise is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole and up to 20 years without parole plus a fine of up to $250,000.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investi- gation by the United States Probation Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary K. Milligan.

Assisting in the investigation was the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the FBI. Officers with the Cassville Police Department and the Bar- ry County Sheriff's Office are part of the task force.

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