Springfield, Mo. – (11/15/2017) A Springfield man who collected hundreds of thousands of images of child pornography over the past decade was sentenced in federal court today. David William Ray, 40, of Springfield, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography between Oct. 17, 2016, and Jan. 26, 2017.
According to court documents, Ray came to the attention of law enforcement because he was uploading child pornography to Skype. Ray told investigators that he would pose as a single father who was sending sexually explicit images of his daughters in order to trade images of child pornography with other users on KIK and Skype.
Ray, who was actively engaged in trading, downloading and viewing child pornography for the past decade, amassed well over 500,000 images and videos of child pornography. Ray told investigators that he was addicted to child pornography.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
(Edited Media Release)