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Exeter man receives 15 years in prison for child exploitation

Friday, October 21, 2011

An Exeter man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after entering a plea of guilty of exploiting a child victim to produce child pornography.

Stephen Bee, 34, of Exeter was sentenced in federal court yesterday to serve 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bee's brother and co-defendant, Nicholas Bee, 23, also of Exeter, entered a plea of guilty on Aug. 23 to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7, 2010.

Under federal statutes, Nicholas Bee is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five to 15 years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

The case was tried before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr. The case is was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. The investigation agency was the southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force.

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