2 Joplin Men Sentenced for Sexual Child Abuse

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MISSOURI (KODE) — 56-year-old Ronald Lee Fields of Joplin, and 33-year-old Shannon Calhoun, previously from Joplin, are both sentenced in federal court for sexually abusing a child.

Fields will serve 20 years and Calhoun will serve 30 years, both in federal prison without parole.

After being released, the men will be supervised for the rest of their lives.

They plead guilty in November of 2017 to one count of sexual exploitation of a child after officers with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force found child pornography images in Fields’ home in January of 2017.

The men had taken the photos in Jasper and Newton Counties in 2014, which depicted the men sexually abusing the child.

The investigation was conducted by officials with ICE, HSI, and the SWMO Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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