CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Pemiscot County man could face up to 20 years in prison after entering a guilty plea on a child pornography charge.
Michael Newton, 36, entered a guilty plea to receiving child pornography during an appearance in U.S. District Court Monday.
Newton now faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine with the court imposing a period of supervised release up to life. Sentencing is set for Nov. 26.
With his plea, Newton admitted that on or about Nov. 28, 2006, law enforcement officers approached his residence. The defendant allowed officers to enter the residence and showed them his computer. When the officers observed the computer, the defendant was downloading child pornography at that very moment.
The computer was seized from Newton's Caruthersville residence.
"Forensic analysis of the computer revealed that it contained more than 600 still image files of child pornography, that is images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct," according to a news release. "Furthermore, some of the images contained sadistic or masochistic conduct and children under the age of 12."
The case was charged as part of Project Safe Childhood.
The Oklahoma City Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Child Victim Identification Program assisted in the prosecution.