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      Man sentenced for using a 4-year-old to produce child porn

      A 31-year-old Joplin man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without parole for using a 4-year-old girl to produce child pornography for nearly a year.

      A 31-year-old Joplin man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without parole for using a 4-year-old girl to produce child pornography for nearly a year.

      Jason Dewayne Beshears pleaded guilty in September to eight counts of producing child pornography and was sentenced Friday in federal court in Springfield.

      Prosecutors said Joplin police officers were called to Beshears' apartment Aug. 9 after a man found his 4-year-old daughter inside Beshears' bedroom with the door shut.

      The man took his daughter from the room and returned to confront Beshears, but he was gone.

      Prosecutors said more than 600 images of child porn were found on his digital media, including a large quantity of video files showing Beshears sexually abusing the victim.