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Missouri man indicted on child pornography charges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A local man accused of receiving and distributing child pornography was charged in federal court Wednesday. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Jerry Earl Troupe, Jr., 51, of Humansville, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury May 12 on three counts of receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

According to the indictment, Troupe allegedly distributed images of child pornography via the Internet on March 31. Troupe is also charged with one count of receiving child pornography between March 10 through March 30, and one count of possessing child pornography on April 13.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Troupe to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including two desktop computers.

"ICE has a responsibility to investigate individuals who use the Internet to sexually exploit innocent children," said Michael Spinella, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Springfield, Mo. "ICE remains committed to investigating these child predators and bringing them to justice."

ICE was assisted in the investigation by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary K. Milligan, Western District of Missouri, is prosecuting this case.