(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri)
A Joplin man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing and possessing child pornography.
James Allen Crippen, 45, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.
On Sept. 23, 2015, Crippen pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography over the Internet and to possessing child pornography.
On Sept. 24, 2014, members of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force received two Cyber Tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which reported that Crippen had uploaded two images of child pornography to his Tumblr account.
Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Crippen’s residence and conducted a forensic analysis on the items seized. Investigators discovered 61 child pornography graphics and a multimedia file containing child pornography on Crippen’s desktop computers. Investigators also found child pornography on Crippen’s iPhone.
Crippen forfeited to the government two desktop computers, an iPhone, two cell phones, 42 optical media disks and other electronic media storage devices that were used to commit the offense.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull, II. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force, the FBI and the Joplin, Mo., Police Department.