Missouri brothers plead guilty to child pornography charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes and Child Pornography on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two men from Exeter have pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. The two brothers were charged with separate federal crimes.

The first to be sentenced was a 34-year-old man who pleaded guilty on June 21 to exploiting a child to produce child pornography. A judge from the U.S. District Court based in Springfield sentenced him on Oct. 20 to 15 years in prison without parole.

The 23-year-old brother was found to have received and distributed child pornography over the Internet in October 2010. He pleaded guilty on Aug. 23 to the charges. He is currently awaiting sentencing. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Authorities say the two men were sought through a national program called Project Safe Childhood. It was started five years ago and allows federal, state, and local authorities to work together to find individuals who are said to be exploiting children.

While the charges the men faced were very serious, the legal system does guarantee the accused a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Moreover, the serious consequences of a conviction of any sex offense may require the presentation of a robust and aggressive defense to ensure that no innocent person is wrongly convicted.

Despite their convictions, the two brothers may have benefited from the advice of a criminal defense attorney. Missouri residents accused of sex crimes may want to consider meeting with an experienced attorney. The attorney may be able to put forth a strong defense while aggressively protecting a person’s rights.

Source: Cassville Democrat, “Exeter man will serve 15 years on federal child porn charges,” Lisa Schlichtman, Oct. 26, 2011