(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Federal Court Report: Operation Predator Joint Investigation: A former Pineville, Missouri, pastor was sentenced 25yrs-in-prison on Wednesday for producing child pornography he was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2019 and the state charges were dismissed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.01: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force, and the Pineville Police Department investigated the case: Ryan Daniel Crawford, 33, of Austin, Arkansas, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole: The court also ordered Crawford to pay $2,500 in restitution to one of the victims of his molestation, and sentenced Crawford to 20 years on supervised release following incarceration: Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller, Western District of Missouri, prosecuted the case:

ICE/HSI Report: Missouri pastor sentenced 25 years for producing child pornography after original charges in 2017 and indictment in 2019 that were dismissed:

On Sept. 16, 2019, Crawford pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography: Crawford admitted that he had touched the 9-year-old victim’s genitals with his hands, and that he had photographed her genitals with his cell phone while she was sleeping: Investigators located sexually explicit images of the child victim on Crawford’s cell phone.

Crawford was the assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Pineville for approximately seven years until his arrest on state charges in 2017: He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2019 and the state charges were dismissed: Crawford has remained in federal custody since his arrest on the federal indictment.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators: Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 25,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child exploitation material, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children:

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST ………….For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page:

#AceNewsDesk report……………Published: June.01: 2020:

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