A Stanberry man, who the U-S Attorney's office said produced child pornography and possessed more than a thousand images of child pornography, was sentenced in federal court yesterday.
35 year old Jeffrey Dale Wiederholt of Stanberry was sentenced by US District Judge Gary Fenner to 70 years in federal prison without parole.
Wiederholt previously pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to produce child pornography, one count of transporting child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.
According to court documents, Wiederholt sexually abused a child under the age of 12 on numerous occasions over the course of approximately seven months while he was producing child pornography. Wiederholtâ€™s exploitation was characterized in court documents as unusually vicious.
His forcible abuse of the child victim included his use of duct tape (to cover her mouth during the assaults) and coercion involving threats of murder.
In August 2010, federal agents learned that Wiederholt was actively trading child pornography with a number of individuals. Wiederholt was caught trading child pornography with another person who was the target of an investigation conducted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigation.
A forensic examination of Wiederholtâ€™s laptop computer demonstrated that he was in possession of at least 1,238 images and 33 video files of child pornography.Â Wiederholtâ€™s email account demonstrated that he had distributed and received dozens of emails containing numerous images and videos of child pornography.Â