Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Carthage man pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

A Carthage man waived the reading of his indictment and pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges during a hearing in U. S. District Court in Springfield.

James Allen Beam, 35, allegedly received and distributed child pornography between January 1, 2021 and April 20, 2023.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in April after his arrest, attention was focused on Beam after a KIK discussion he had with a Fresno, California FBI undercover agent in which Beam said he a sexual interest in children.

Beam also allegedly told the undercover agent he wanted to abduct and rape a child.

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