Columbia man arrested on string of child porn charges

4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:12:07 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
By: Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a Columbia man after he admitted to viewing child pornography for nearly 50 years.

Gary Osborne, 72, is charged with one count of first degree promoting child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography.

MSHP investigators first traced Osborne's IP address to downloading videos from a file-sharing software in March, according to a probable cause statement.

On Monday, troopers found videos of children as young as six-years-old performing sexual acts downloaded on DVDs, external drives, and a desktop computer in Osborne's residence after executing a search warrant.

During an interview with law enforcement, Osborne admitted to viewing child pornography since the late 1960s and running an online video trading group in the 1980s and 1990s.

Osborne was arraigned in a Boone County courtroom on Tuesday with a bond set at $50,000.

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