Missouri man among 11 sentenced in international child porn ring

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WASHINGTON — Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography.

The men come from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. They were sentenced in federal court in recent days.

The U.S. Justice Department says members of the network first began by using an online bulletin board to exchange images that included child pornography. As time passed, members began sharing more photos and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

All of the men were ordered to forfeit their computers and storage devices, pay about $30,000 in restitution, and will be on supervised release once they’re out of prison.