Springfield, Mo. – A Springfield man was sentenced in federal court today for sexually abusing a child and taking sexually explicit photographs of his victim.

Anthony Cotter, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 30 years in federal prison without parole.

On June 18, Cotter pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Cotter also admitted that he had a substantial amount of child pornography on his computer and cell phone.

Cotter told investigators he had been sexually abusing a minor female, identified in court documents as Jane Doe #1, and taking sexually explicit photographs of Jane Doe #1. Depictions of Cotter sexually abusing the child victim were recovered from his 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) and the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force.  

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