CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Scott County man was sentenced to prison on a felony child pornography charge.
Michael Donahue Sr., 56, of Scott City and Cape Girardeau was sentenced to 293 months imprisonment on one felony count of production of child pornography in U.S. District Court on Monday. Upon release from prison, Donahue will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life.
As a part of his earlier guilty plea, Donahue admitted that between March 1, 2007 and April 30, 2007, he used a Kodak digital camera to take photographs of a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway said, "One of the primary goals of Project Safe Childhood is to protect our children from sexual exploitation. This sentence, of nearly 25 years imprisonment followed by life-time supervised release, demonstrates that thoseindividuals who produce child pornography will be held accountable and they will face substantial penalties."
In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.