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Former Springfield YMCA employee pleads guilty to child porn

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo (11/7/17) --  A former Springfield YMCA employee pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Benjamin Goodwin, 28, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to the charge contained in an Aug. 15, 2017, federal indictment. Goodwin has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing.

Goodwin, an employee of the Springfield YMCA at the time of the offense, admitted that he received and distributed child pornography over the Internet between June 11, 2016, and Aug. 3, 2017.

On Aug. 3, 2017, investigators contacted Goodwin outside his place of employment, the Springfield YMCA. Goodwin admitted that he had sent approximately 25 images depicting child pornography.

Under federal statutes, Goodwin is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

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