The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

June 21, 2012

Duenweg pastor to be sentenced today

DUENEWEG, Mo. — Michael Alan Crippen, 53, is scheduled for sentencing today in U.S. District Court in Springfield. He pleaded guilty last July to one count of possessing child pornography and faces up to 10 years in prison for downloading child porn.

Crippen was pastor of First Baptist Church in Duenweg when he was charged in October 2010. He was identified during an investigation by Dutch police into a child porn website in The Netherlands.

Crippen told investigators he had been viewing images of adult and child porn on the Internet for several years, usually in the morning before going to work at the church.

Prosecutors say at least 100 images of child pornography were found on his computer.


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