Sex offender on supervised release caught with child porn

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSNT) – A convicted sex offender in Hollister, Mo. who was on supervised release has been sentenced to federal prison for receiving child pornography, according to United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson.

On Tuesday, 64-year-old Charles Neel Alexander from Hollister was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to a total of 20 years in federal prison without parole and to a lifetime of supervised release following his incarceration. On July 29 of last year, he pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.

The court sentenced him to 15 years for receiving child pornography and five years for a supervised release violation. They will be served consecutively.

Alexander was under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office as part of his sentence in the Western District of Texas for failing to register as a sex offender.

He had been convicted of interstate transportation of child pornography in the Western District of Texas, which led to a sentence of 87 months in prison and required him to register as a sex offender. He failed to do that and was then convicted of failing to register as a sex offender. Alexander’s supervised release was transferred to the Western District of Missouri.

During a routine home visit, a probation officer seized a cell phone from Alexander that contained pictures and videos of child pornography. Naturally, one of the conditions of Alexander’s supervised release says, “the defendant shall not possess or use a phone or any other electronic device that allows access to the Internet without the prior written permission of the probation officer.”

Law enforcement officers performed a forensic analysis of the phone and discovered at least 16 child pornography pictures, which included infants and children. Officers searched his house and seized a laptop computer, a tablet and various electronic media that also contained child pornography.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI.

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