Independence Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Possessing Child Pornography
October 15, 2012
David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography.
Michael G. Larson, 36, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 10 years in federal prison without parole, which is the maximum statutory penalty for the offense.
On March 30, 2012, Larson pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography that he downloaded over the Internet. Larson was initially identified in two separate federal investigations that were conducted within days of one another.
FBI agents in Springfield, Illinois, were conducting an undercover investigation into child pornography being shared through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network on October 8, 2009. Agents determined that 93 files of suspected child pornography were being shared by Larsonís computer; the agents selected 31 files to download and determined that all of them contained child pornography. A separate undercover investigation was conducted by FBI agents in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on October 12, 2009. Agents involved in that investigation determined that 76 files of suspected child pornography were available to download from Larsonís computer; the agents selected nine files to download and determined that eight of the files contained child pornography.
Federal agents executed a search warrant at Larsonís residence and seized three computers. Approximately 138 images of child pornography, including two images of child bondage, were located in a folder that made them available to share online. One partially downloaded movie file was also found on Larsonís computer.
In August 2010, Larsonís home was foreclosed on and he was forced to vacate the residence in March 2011. On June 29, 2011, the Independence Police Department was contacted by the new home owner, who had found 31 CDs in the chimney flue. Police officers determined that those CDs belonged to Larson and that they contained 445 images of child pornography, including images of bondage.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa A. Moore. It was investigated by the FBI and the Independence, Missouri Police Department.