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(Springfield) – A West Plains man has pleaded guilty to possessing over 200 pornographic images of children and receiving child pornography over the internet.

26-year-old Scott Johnson was indicted August 2012.

In a press release issued Thursday, US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson says an officer with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force found Johnson’s computer, which was showing pornographic images of children, on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network on December 30, 2011.

The officer again connected with Johnson’s computer January 9, 2012 and was able to determine that he had 322 files available for sharing, of which 139 were identified as known files depicting child sexual abuse.

Officers executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence on February 9, 2012 and seized a number of items, including a laptop, four computer towers and 42 CDs.

Investigators found approximately 219 images and 46 movie files of child pornography on the laptop computer.

The ages of the child victims ranged from 2 to 12.

Johnson is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000. Johnson must also forfeit the computer used to distribute and possess child pornography.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

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