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Springfield Man Faces New Indictment for Child Porn

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man charged earlier in state court with 15 felony counts involving sex with family members, has now been charged in federal court.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man charged earlier in state court with 15 felony counts involving sex with family members ages 3 and 5 has now been charged in federal court.

Ronald J. Mazza, 33, was named in a three-count federal grand jury indictment today on two counts of producing child porn and a third count of receiving and distributing child porn over the Internet, according to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Today’s indictment alleges that Mazza used two minors to produce child pornography between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1, 2013.

Each count, upon conviction, carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole.

Mazza is also charged with one count of receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1, 2013.

Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.

Online court records show that Mazza had earlier pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts involving sex with two family members. He is to appear next in court on Feb. 10 for a pretrial conference on the state charges.

He is charged with three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy/deviate sex with a person under the age of 14, one count of statutory rape, one charge of sexual misconduct with a child under 15, one count of first-degree promoting child pornography, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and six counts of possession of child pornography, according to online court records.

A probable cause statement filed in the state case says that a woman called police to report she was looking through the family computer for photos to use on Christmas cards when she found images of her children engaging in sex acts with Mazza.

She told investigators she found more than 80 images and three videos containing pornographic images on the computer, which she said Mazza had taken out of the home on Sunday and returned with it.

The statement says officers seized the computer, Mazza’s cell phone, and a flash drive media stick from the home and after confirmed that the images were on the devices.

Mazza was arrested and during an interview at the Greene County Jail admitted he had been taking photos of the children in the nude and had engaged in sexual acts with them. He told investigators he had been sending and receiving such images with others through the Internet for several years, according to the probable cause statement.

Mazza is currently being held in the Greene County Jail in lieu of a quarter million dollar bond. Bond conditions also include forbidding him to have contact with his alleged victims or other children or to possess or use devices with access to the Internet.

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