Friday, September 2, 2016

Southern Missouri Man Sentenced For Child Porn

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Carthage, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Jerry Batchelor, 52, of Carthage, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Batchelor to supervised release for the rest of his life following incarceration.

On Jan. 11, 2016, Batchelor pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Batchelor utilized a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to obtain and trade images and videos of child pornography between Aug. 10, 2012, and April 4, 2014.

A search warrant was executed at Batchelor’s residence on April 7, 2014, and a desktop computer was seized along with three portable hard drives, a thumb drive and an SD card. Images and videos of child pornography included prepubescent minors and sado-masochistic images. Investigators also found videos taken by Batchelor, who secretly videotaped adults in the bathroom.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force.