Investigations conducted by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force have resulted in prison sentences for two southwest Missouri men who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Barry County Sheriff's Department investigator Brian Martin and Cassville Police Department investigator James Smith assisted with the investigations.
According to press releases issued by David M. Ketchmark, acting United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Jason Farris, 31, of Anderson, and Jerry Earl Troupe, Jr., 51, of Humansville, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Monday.
Farris was sentenced to 17 years and six months and Troupe was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Troupe was also ordered to forfeit to the government two desktop computers that were used to commit the offense.
On Dec. 19, 2011, Farris pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Farris used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and share the pornographic images.
Troupe pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet on Aug. 30, 2011. He also admitted to sharing child pornography over the Internet through a peer-to-peer file sharing program.
On April 13, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Troupe's residence and seized two computers. A forensic examination of the two computers was conducted. The examiner found six videos and 27 photos of child pornography.