(Springfield) – A Douglas County man has been convicted on child pornography charges and faces a minimum of 5 years in prison.
28-year-old Ronnie Landsdown of Ava was convicted in Springfield July 10 of receiving child pornography between April 1 and July 22, 2010.
A press release from the Western Missouri U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force identified a computer at Landsdown’s residence that was using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to receive and distribute child pornography. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and seized two computers – a desktop computer that belonged to Landsdown and a laptop computer that belonged to co-defendant 38-year-old David Hicks. Both computers contained child pornography, including images of minors younger than 12 years old. The press release says that Landsdown allegedly admitted to downloading the pornography on the laptop on multiple occasions.
Hicks pleaded guilty to the same charge February 8. Hicks, who remains in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27.
Both men face a minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.