From staff reports
A federal judge has assessed a Monett man three years in prison without parole on a conviction for possession of cartoons that depicted child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple sentenced Christjan Bee, 36, to the term at a hearing in federal court in Springfield. The judge also ordered Bee to serve five years of supervised release after completion of the prison term.
Bee pleaded guilty Oct. 15 to possession of an obscene image of the sexual abuse of children.
The defendant had been indicted in 2011 on a charge of receiving child pornography; that charge was dismissed Monday as part of the plea agreement reached with the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri.
The defendant’s wife contacted Monett police in August 2011 after finding files she believed to be child pornography on a computer used by her husband. A search warrant was served at their home, and the computer was seized.
Investigators found a collection of electronic comics titled “Incest Comics” on the computer, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release. The comics contained multiple images of minors engaged in sexual intercourse with other children and with adults, and they lacked any literary, artistic, political or scientific value, the U.S. attorney’s office said.