Man sentenced to prison for child porn scheme involving Sedalia kids

3 months 1 week 5 days ago Thursday, May 09 2019 May 9, 2019 Thursday, May 09, 2019 12:20:00 PM CDT May 09, 2019 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - A New York man got a 30-year federal prison sentence for trying to produce child pornography, and court documents said some of his intended victims live in Sedalia.

Brandon David Cuddihe, 32, posed as a 14-year-old girl online and talked with more than 150 people, many of whom were between the ages of 10 and 16. Three of the victims are from Sedalia, and at least one sent nude photos and videos via Facebook Messenger.

Cuddihe admitted he would send a friend request to a random person on Facebook, and add some of their friends to his friend list. If the friend request was accepted, Cuddihe said he would start chatting with the person through Messenger.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Cuddihe redistributed a victim’s images in order to convince other children to produce child pornography. The office also said the account Cuddihe used, with the name of "Hanna Richards,” is more than 2,000 pages long and "is dedicated almost entirely to soliciting pornographic images from children."

Cuddihe will not be eligible for parole.

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