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Former Economic Development employee sentenced for child porn

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WEST PLAINS, MO (KAIT) -

A federal judge sentenced a Region 8 man to more than 6 years in prison for downloading child pornography on his work computer.

Steven Gregary Reed, 37, of West Plains was employed as the coordinator of solid waste management with the South Central Ozarks Council of Governments (SCOCOG) when police arrested him in October 2014.

Court documents stated an officer with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force was investigating unlawful internet usage when he noticed a certain computer had more than 100 files of suspected child pornography.

The officer monitored the computer over a period of seven months and saw it was on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, searching for child pornography.

On Oct. 29, 2014, police executed a search warrant at the office and determined Reed used the desktop computer.

“Reed admitted to officers that he had watched child pornography the night before,” said Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Reed told investigators he viewed child pornography “on a regular basis” at work and home.

But, according to Dickinson, Reed said he “never downloaded at home but he did at work.”

Reed added that he “looked at child pornography on his work computer and often downloaded child pornography on his work computer.”

Dickinson said Reed had approximately 131 movies and 126 graphic images of child pornography on his work computer.

Reed pleaded guilty on Sept. 8, 2015, to receiving child pornography.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool sentenced Reed to six years and six months in federal prison without parole.

The SCOCOG is an economic development organization serving Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright Counties in Missouri.

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