Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nevada man sentenced to 20 years in prison for receiving, distributing child pornography

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

A Nevada, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Ben Culbertson, 56, of Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 262 months in federal prison without parole. Culbertson has been detained in federal custody since his arrest in October 2016.

On March 22, 2017, Culbertson pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

According to court documents Culbertson, came to the attention of law enforcement after distributing images of child pornography (including some victims likely under the age of 8 years old) over the Internet. Culbertson, who was previously convicted of two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, admitted to investigators that he received and distributed images of child pornography on multiple occasions.

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.

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