The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 22, 2013

John Lewis, Sarcoxie school board member, charged with possession of child porn, allegedly exposed himself to students at his home

SARCOXIE, Mo. — John Lewis, 67, a member of the Sarcoxie Board of Education, was charged in federal court today with possessing child pornography, according to Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

 Leiws, of Sarcoxie, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield. He  was arrested without incident prior to Thursday night’s school board meeting and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

 According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s federal criminal complaint, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers contacted Lewis as part of their investigation into allegations that he exposed himself to a group of high school students working for Lewis on his farm outside of Sarcoxie. The troopers obtained a search warrant for Lewis’s residence and seized two desktop computers, a laptop computer and electronic storage devices.

Investigators determined that the computers contained 19 multimedia files of child pornography and 113 images of suspected child pornography. The multimedia files and images depicted children as young as five years old.

 

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