Springfield, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a registered sex offender in Springfield, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
Frank A. Kuhn, 53, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Kuhn, who pleaded guilty on March 15, 2017, was previously convicted of the deviate sexual assault of a 15-year-old victim in 1994 in Newton County, Mo.
According to court documents, investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding four images of child pornography reported by Yahoo! employees. Kuhn was identified as the user responsible for transmitting the images.
On Nov. 29, 2016, officers executed a search warrant at Kuhn’s residence and seized computers, digital storage media and phones. Investigators found multiple images of child pornography on the digital storage devices.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.