Missouri Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Posted on: 3:48 pm, May 31, 2012, by , updated on: 03:49pm, May 31, 2012

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri man who once attended a Roman Catholic seminary and led confirmation classes for children at a St. Louis Catholic elementary school pleaded guilty on a child porn charge in Kansas City federal court on Thursday.

Nickolas Eugene Pinkston, 41, of Warrensburg, pleaded guilty to attempting to receive child pornography through the mail. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors are seeking a five-year sentence without the possibility of parole. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Pinkston had been a seminary student at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and was at one time responsible for leading confirmation classes for seventh and eighth grade children at St. Ambrose Catholic Elementary School in St. Louis, prosecutors said on Thursday.

According to prosecutors, postal inspectors identified a mailing to Pinkston’s address on March 12, 2010, from an Ohio-based business that operated an Internet “nudist” Web site. In addition to nude adults, the Web site advertised, and made available to view online, many nude images of pre-pubescent and pubescent minors. Additionally, the company sold DVD movies depicting nude pre-pubescent minors.

Authorities say that based on his possible interest in child erotica and/or child pornography, inspectors mailed an undercover advertisement from an undercover operation to Pinkston’s residence on May 3, 2010. The mailing was not addressed to a particular individual. The mailed advertisement invited individuals to become “…a customer of [undercover operation]…underground leader in TABOO and FORBIDDEN XXX videos!!” with an invitation to request a free specialty catalog specific to the customer’s “desires.”

On May 24, 2010, inspectors received a completed catalog request form mailed by Pinkston, indicating he wanted to receive a catalog for videos of “Young Teen Girls (13-16)” and “Pre Teen Girls.” Inspectors mailed Pinkston an order form with a listing of available DVDs for sale for $25 each.

On June 29, 2010, inspectors received the completed movie order form and a $25 money order from Pinkston, who prosecutors say ordered a DVD entitled, “Children’s Sex Orgy.” The catalog had described this DVD as containing a video of four 9-to-11-year-old children engaged in a variety of sex acts.

On Oct. 14, 2010, Pinkston presented a delivery notice at the Warrensburg Post Office to pick up the package. When he drove away from the post office with the encrypted DVD containing a child pornography video, he was stopped by police officers and arrested.

Inspectors executed a search warrant at Pinkston’s residence on the day of his arrest. Located in the home were two computers, a photo album containing photographs of what appeared to be images taken in India that included a minor female bathing topless, and an empty envelope from a company selling nudist material. A DVD found behind a television set in the bedroom contained 20 movies of the same preteen female, wearing very little clothing, dancing and moving to music. The DVD was apparently purchased from an online member’s pay site.

Another DVD found in a closet contained a nudist movie that was titled “Jr. Teen Beauty Pageant.” The video showed nude footage of pre-pubescent and pubescent minor girls as well as nude adults.

The forensic computer examination of the computers determined that there was child erotica and child pornography on the hard drives, prosecutors said.

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