Springfield man indicted for child pornography
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield man was indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving and disturbing child pornography across the Internet.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Jarod "Bull" Michel, 31, had been publicly indicted on Thursday.
Michel is alleged of acquiring and distributing child pornography between July 18, 2013 and May 20, 2014. According to court documents, two separate law enforcement agencies conducting independent undercover investigations identified Michel's computer by using peer-to-peer file sharing software. The agencies claim several videos of child pornography were downloaded and shared over the Internet from Michel's computer.
Michel's indictment marks another case in the increasing distribution of child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Child Identification Program, a program created by Congress, has reviewed more than 115 million child pornography images and videos since it was created in 2002. In 2007 the program analyzed around five million images and by 2011 they were reviewing close to 20 million images annually.