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Malden man enters guilty pleas on pornography charges

Joseph Layland Jr.  (Source: Dunklin Co Sheriff's Dept.) Joseph Layland Jr. (Source: Dunklin Co Sheriff's Dept.)

MALDEN, MO (KAIT) – A former Malden businessman has pleaded guilty to pornography and invasion of privacy charges.  The announcement was made in a news release by Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff Tuesday.

According to the release, Joseph Layland Jr. entered guilty pleas Monday in Scott County on two counts of possession of child pornography and one felony count of invasion of privacy.

Layland was sentenced to 10 years on each of the pornography charges and four years on the privacy charge.

Each of the charges stem from an incident in February 2011 where prosecutors say, Layland was caught secretly filming women customers in his tanning salon in Malden.  The release states authorities found over 12 hours of taping evidence at the business. 

At his home investigators carried out boxes of surveillance video, porn, and child porn downloaded from the internet.  Malden Police Chief Jarrett Bullock says one box from Layland Jr.'s house had 444 DVDs.  Several boxes were removed.  At least 100 VHS tapes were also removed. 

The four year sentence will run consecutively to the two 10 year sentences.

Sokoloff commended the work of the Malden Police Department and the Bootheel Computer Crimes Task Force for their roles in the investigation. 

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