Thursday, March 31, 2016

Joplin man sentenced to 27 years for producing child porn

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

A Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for sexually abusing a 7-year-old victim to produce child pornography.

Joseph William Colvin, 26, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 27 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Colvin to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration.

On Oct. 13, 2015, Colvin pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child. Colvin admitted that he sexually abused a 7-year-old victim from April 20 through July 10, 2014, and recorded video of the abuse with his cell phone. He also admitted to taking two videos of the abuse, which investigators found on his cell phone.

According to court documents, Colvin was also in possession of child pornography that he downloaded from the Internet. Law enforcement officers seized Colvin’s laptop computer, an external hard drive and a cell phone, which must be forfeited to the government.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Jasper County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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