Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in a Missouri prison

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U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey on Tuesday sentenced a registered sex offender who was caught in a halfway house with child sexual abuse material to 15 years in prison. 

Eric Michael Swancutt, 46, pleaded guilty in January in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to one count of receiving child pornography. On Aug. 17, 2022, a staffer at the residential reentry center near Farmington, Missouri found a cell phone hidden in Swancutt’s sock during a pat-down search. A court-approved search of the phone uncovered child pornography and evidence that Swancutt had searched for child pornography, Swancutt’s plea agreement says.

In 2017, Swancutt was sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to 97 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Chapman prosecuted the case.

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