Man pleads guilty in child pornography case, receives 10 years

By Heartland News

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Butler County can was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony child pornography.

Coy D. Alspaugh, 52, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on a felony count of possession of child pornography.
Prior to sentencing, Alspaugh admitted that he used his computer to find child pornography on the Internet.

Law enforcement officers went to Alspaugh's home on May 1, 2008 with reason to believe that someone was accessing child pornography on the internet, according to the office of Catherine Hanaway, United States attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri.

Alspaugh was not home at the time but his son was and the home computer was given to police.

Alspaugh later contacted the officers were he stated that he used the computer to find child pornography on the internet and said he had been viewing child pornography for several years, according to Hanaway's office.

Analysis of the computer hard drive revealed more than 600 image files and more than 90 video files of child pornography, that is images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After Alspaugh's release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life.