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Lawrence Co. Man Pleads Guilty to Videotaping Child in Shower

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A Stotts City man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for attempting to manufacture child pornography by secretly videotaping a child in the shower.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A Stotts City man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for attempting to manufacture child pornography by secretly videotaping a child in the shower.

Christopher L. Modglin, 45, of Stotts City, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to manufacture child pornography.

According to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, by pleading guilty, Modglin admitted to secretly recording video of a child victim between the ages of 11 and 13 years old taking a shower. Modglin also admitted to owning several computers that contained images and movies of child pornography.

According to the plea agreement, the victim’s father notified the Lawrence County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department that his daughter told him about Modglin trying to put a camera in her bedroom on multiple occasions.

The child victim was later interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center. During the interview, the she told authorities she had seen a video on Modglin’s cell phone of herself taking off a swim suit and getting into a shower.

A search warrant was executed at Modglin’s residence and seized three desktop computers and a laptop computer, all of which contained images and movie files of child pornography involving victims between the ages of 8 to 13 years old.

One of the desktop computers contained seven video files that Modglin had made of the child victim in various stages of undress.

Officers also seized a thumb drive that contained one of the videos of the child victim, which had been erased. The same thumb drive also contained an erased child pornography movie file.

Three additional computers did not contain any child pornography.

According to Dickinson, in total the officers seized material that contained seven video files of child pornography manufactured by Modglin, 51 movie files that contained child pornography and 17 images of child pornography.

Modglin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.


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