A Monett man has been sentenced in Federal District Court in Springfield to three years in prison for possession of obscenity.
Christjan Bee, 36, of Monett, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to three years in federal prison without parole, followed by five years of supervised release.
On Oct. 15, 2012, Bee pleaded guilty to possessing an obscene image of the sexual abuse of children. The pornographic cartoon, which depicted children engaging in sexual behavior, is categorized as "obscene" and therefore illegal. The original indictment, which charged Bee with receiving child pornography, was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
On Aug. 8, 2011, Bee's wife contacted the Monett Police Department and reported that she had found files she believed to be child pornography on a computer used by her husband. Police officers executed a search warrant at Bee's residence and seized his computer.
During the forensic examination of Bee's computer, a collection of electronic comics, entitled "incest comics," were discovered on the computer. These comics contained multiple images of minors engaging in graphic sexual intercourse with adults and other minors.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher, the cartoons "clearly lack any literary, artistic, political or scientific value."
The case was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force and the Monett Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.