Thursday, March 19, 2015

Duenweg man sentenced for sexually exploiting 4-year-old

(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri)

A Duenweg, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for sexually exploiting a 4-year-old child to produce child pornography.
 Tony Lasiter, 33, of Duenweg, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 23 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole, followed by a life term of supervised release.
 On Sept. 4, 2014, Lasiter pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child. According to court documents, Lasiter used his cell phone to take nude photos of a 4-year-old child (identified in the indictment as “Jane Doe”) while she was in the bathtub and while she was being molested. Lasiter downloaded the photos to his laptop computer then transferred the files to an SD card. The files were discovered when the child victim’s father noticed the SD card in the computer and opened the files, according to court documents. The photos were taken in August 2013.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Duneweg, Mo., Police Department, the Sarcoxie, Mo., Police Department and the Jasper County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

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