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Springfield sex offender pleads guilty to child pornography

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Springfield, Mo. -- (2/1/2018) A registered sex offender in Springfield pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to receiving and distributing thousands of images of child pornography over the internet.

Anthony Richard Salois, 51, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to the charge contained in a July 22, 2014, federal indictment. Salois, who has a prior state conviction for sexual abuse involving a minor, has remained in federal custody since his arrest in July 2014.

By pleading guilty today, Salois admitted that he received and distributed child pornography over the Internet between Sept. 16 and 20, 2013. Salois utilized a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download child pornography.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Salois’s residence on Oct. 13, 2013, and seized two desktop computers. Investigators found 3,973 images of child pornography, 50 multimedia files of child pornography, 641 images of child erotica and 39 multimedia files of child erotica on those computers.

Under federal statutes, Salois is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to 40 years in federal prison without parole. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.

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