Eastern Missouri man sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison for child pornography

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U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk on Thursday sentenced a man from St. Peters, Missouri to five and one-half years in prison on a charge of possession of child pornography.

Martin D. Smith, 58, possessed 2,561 images and 13 videos containing child pornography on his OnePlus cellular telephone, a Samsung cellular telephone, and an Alcatel tablet, his plea agreement says. Smith pleaded guilty in November.

The investigation began with an August 21, 2020 tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Smith was uploading of multiple files containing child pornography. Smith later admitted viewing and downloading child pornography from the internet and said he had been doing so for a year and a half.

The case was investigated by the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force and the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jillian Anderson prosecuted the case. 

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