Maryville sex offender sentenced to 19 years in prison for child porn

Prison Sentence

A Maryville, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced in federal court on charges related to child pornography. 

Edward Grimes, 58, of Maryville, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 19 years in federal prison without parole. Grimes, a registered sex offender, has prior felony convictions in New York for sexual abuse of a child and for a criminal sexual act against a child under the age of 14 – for which he is subject to lifetime sex offender registration – and for endangering the welfare of a child (related to a sexual act against a 4-year-old victim). 

On July 6, 2015, Grimes pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet, one count of attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography. Grimes admitted that he attempted to distribute child pornography over the Internet on March 29, 2013; that he attempted to receive child pornography over the Internet on Dec. 31, 2013; and that he possessed child pornography on Feb. 12, 2014. Grimes must forfeit to the government two desktop computers, a laptop computer, four hard drives and a thumb drive that were used to commit the offenses. 

Court documents cite a pattern of activity by Grimes involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor. According to court documents, Grimes created a photo album on a file-sharing website on March 29, 2013. He posted 65 images depicting clothed, semi-nude to full nude images of both adult females and young girls ranging in age from 8 to 25 years of age. Among the images were three pornographic photographs depicting girls approximately 12 to 13 years of age. 

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Grimes’s residence on Feb. 12, 2014. A firearm was recovered and Grimes was arrested on state charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Investigators also seized electronic media that contained child pornography movie files depicting nude girls approximately 3 to 6 years of age. Two hard drives and one thumb drive had a total of 132 child pornography images. Almost all of the images were of prepubescent children. 

Investigators also found four movie files, recorded by Grimes, of an approximately 10-year-old girl. Law enforcement believes it is possible Grimes was grooming the child for sexual activity. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).