Cassville man charged with federal felony

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

32-year-old pleads not guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor

A Cassville man has been arraigned federal court, facing an indictment for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor.

Michell Vincent, 32, of Cassville, was arrested Friday morning and booked into the Barry County jail before being transferred and appearing in front of Judge David P. Rush in federal court in Springfield.

According to court documents, Vincent was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 21, which charged that in Barry County between Jan. 1, 2017, and March 13, 2019, he knowingly received and distributed visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit content in violation of federal code.

The charge, a class C felony carries 5-15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and 5 years to life supervised release.

Vincent has been advised of his rights and retained counsel. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Wednesday. His case is scheduled for an accelerated jury trial, set for March 16 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge M. Douglas Harpool.

According to court documents, on Dec. 10, 2018, law enforcement used peer-to-peer software and allegedly downloaded from a device at Vincentís home a 17-minute video file depicting an adult male engaging in a sexual act with a young female child.

A search warrant was executed at Vincentís home on March 13, 2019, resulting in the seizure of his computer, which was later discovered to allegedly contain child pornography.

Vincent was questioned by investigators and allegedly admitted to downloading and viewing such content for several years. He also allegedly admitted he had engaged in a sexual act with a child when he was a juvenile.

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