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Former Law Officer Indicted for Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A federal grand jury in Springfield indicts a former law officer for possession and distribution child pornography.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A federal grand jury in Springfield indicts a former law enforcement officer for possession and distribution child pornography.

The indictment was returned last week against Steven Robert Magruder, 59, of Springfield.  Magruder is accused of receiving, distribution and possession of images of minor children involved in sexually explicit conduct.  

Prosecutors claim Magruder was receiving and distributing the images via computer from January through April 2012.  A computer and portable drive were confiscated during the investigation.

According to court documents (attached above), Magruder; "is currently a security officer for a local college.  In addition, he once served as a law enforcement officer.

Spokesperson for the Western District of Missouri U.S. Attorney's Office Don Ledford says Magruder was formerly an officer in the Springfield Police Department.  After he left his position there, he worked for the Greene County Sheriff's Office in the courts in a "bailiff-type" position, according to Ledford.

Mark Miller, spokesman for Ozarks Technical Community College confirms Magruder was a part time security officer at the Richwood Valley campus, but is no longer employed by the college.  He could not comment on when Magruder's employment ended.

The U.S. Attorney's office asked that Magruder be jailed until his trial because they consider him at risk to flee due to his previous law enforcement experience.

The hearing on bond for Magruder was held May 9.  The judge ordered him to be released on his own recognizance until his next court appearance.

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