Cassville man gets 7 years for receipt, distribution of child porn

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Vincent to have 15 years supervised release with special conditions

A Cassville man arrested in January was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield for receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Mitchell Vincent, 33, of Cassville, was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release.

Vincent pleaded guilty to the charge on May 27 and is remanded to Seagoville Federal Correction Institute in Seagoville, Texas, a low-security prison southeast of Dallas.

He was arrested on Jan. 24 and will receive credit for time served. Per federal sentencing guidelines, he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, which is equal to 71.4 months. His earliest possible release would be in about five years and three months.

As part of the sentence, Vincent must comply with the requirement of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He must also participate in sex offender counseling, as directed by the probation office.

Special conditions of his probation include:

• No association or contact with any persons under the age of 18 without the presence of a responsible adult aware of the nature of Vincent’s background

• No possession of any pornographic material

• Participation in a polygraph testing program to assist in treatment or monitoring

• Submission of his person and any property for search at a reasonable time and manner

• No living in a residence within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, public pools or other locations frequented by minors

• No visiting places where minors are known to congregate without prior written consent from the probation office

• No possession or use of any computer or electronic device with internet access without prior approval from the probation office

• Consent to have hardware or software systems on any computer owned to monitor use

• No use of any social media networking websites that allows access to persons under the age of 18, not any viewing of any profiles of users under 18

• Consent to third-party disclosure to any employer concerning Vincent’s requirements and criminal history

• Consent to periodic unannounced examination of any computers or electronic devices

Vincent is also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Carol L. Hepburn in trust for “Violet,” which promotes advocacy.

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.

According to court documents, on Dec. 10, 2018, law enforcement used peer-to-peer software and downloaded from a device at Vincent’s 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 Vincent’s home on March 13, 2019, resulting in the seizure of his computer, which was later discovered to contain child pornography.

Vincent was questioned by investigators and admitted to downloading and viewing such content for several years.

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