Thursday, June 20, 2019
Joplin man pleads not guilty to child pornography charges
David Pierce, 51, is being held without bond in the Greene County Jail.
The initial arrested occurred following a Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and Joplin Police Department investigation, which started after a hotline complaint was made about a seven-year-old boy's inappropriate actions at school.
The probable cause affidavit alleges Pierce, who was staying at the home of a Joplin woman, showed child pornography to two underage boys and fondled one of them.
After executing a search warrant for Pierce's phone, investigators found 1,217 child pornography images, according to the affidavit.