The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

November 2, 2012

Joplin man, registered sex offender, sentenced to 20 years

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison without parole by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr.

Brandy Andrew Hertl, 31, pleaded guilty on June 21 to receiving child pornography. A registered sex offender, Hertl was convicted of indecent liberties with a 3-year-old girl in 2009.

Hertl was arrested when police conducted a sex offender compliance roundup in Joplin on May 1. When a Jasper County deputy arrived at Hertl’s residence, he saw Hertl in the front seat of a van in front of the residence, with a laptop computer. The deputy asked Hertl what he was doing and Hertl said he had been downloading child pornography files on the computer.

Hertl told the officer that he was living in the van and using his sister’s wireless Internet connection from the house to download the files.

Investigators found videos and images of child pornography on the laptop computer while doing a forensic examination.

Hertl’s sentence is the maximum statutory penalty for the offense.

It was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Text Only
Crime & Courts
Local News

Missouri's sales tax-free weekend begins Friday. Do you plan purchases around this weekend?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN