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      Man pleads guilty in child porn case

      A Sturgeon Missouri man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.

      The investigation against 42-year-old Karl Ball started in May when the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force received a report that child pornography photographs had been uploaded to their servers from a computer network that appeared to be in the Mid-Missouri area.

      Task Force investigators were led to a residence in Sturgeon where they served a search warrant.

      That??s where investigators found over 1,200 child pornography photographs and approximately 20 videos showing children, some believed to be as young as 9 years of age engaged in sexual conduct. Investigators also found the files that had been uploaded to Microsoft computers. As a result of an on-site investigation, Task Force investigators were identified Karl Ball as the individual responsible for the possession and uploading of the illegal files.

      He was arrested and booked into the Boone County Jail.

      Investigators later discovered the defendant had been convicted in Oklahoma in 1990 for sexual offenses against minors under the age of 16. The defendant reportedly moved to Boone County Missouri after his release from prison on those charges but never registered in Boone County as convicted sexual offender. The defendant was subsequently charged by the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney??s Office with possessing child pornography and failing to register as a convicted sexual offender.

      Final sentencing is scheduled for November 25, 2013.