Former high school teacher sentenced for distributing child porn

2 years 10 months 5 days ago Wednesday, August 10 2016 Aug 10, 2016 Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:09:00 PM CDT August 10, 2016 in Top Stories
By: Lexi Larson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Stephen Strobel, 26, of Jefferson City, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years and one month in federal prison without parole for distributing child pornogrophy. The court also ordered Strobel serve 15 years on supervised release after he finishes his sentence.

Strobel was a teacher at St. Elizabeth High School in St. Elizabeth. 

Investigators found a video and about 500 images of child pornography on Strobel's iPhone.

According to a news release, in April 2014 a Wooster, Ohio woman discovered that her 13-year-old daughter had engaged in a sexually explicit Internet chat with Strobel. On May 12, 2014, investigators contacted Strobel at St. Elizabeth High School. Strobel admitted he had exchanged pornographic photos with the 13-year-old victim and that she had sent him pornographic photos and a video. According to court documents, Strobel then distributed that video to another person.

Strobel also told investigators that he had traded photos of underage girls with various people online. He never asked the ages of the children depicted, but estimated them to be between the ages of 13 and 15. Strobel estimated he had received 15 photos of underage children, the youngest being five or six years old. He stated that he had sent approximately 10 photos of underage children to other people and had also shared videos depicting underage children.

According to court documents, Strobel sent photos depicting child pornography to other individuals throughout the United States, including users who were identified as possible children with whom Strobel was communicating, engaging in sexual role playing and exchanging suspected child pornography images.

Strobel pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography on April 18, 2016.

 

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