Former Kansas City officer sentenced for possession of child pornography

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City police officer has been sentenced for multiple charges in connection with possessing child pornography.

Vincent A. Spilker, 30, was sentenced Thursday by a Jackson County judge after pleading guilty in February to two counts of possession of child pornography.

The state of Missouri asked for 10 years in prison for Spilker. His defense attorney asked for probation.

On Thursday, the judge sentenced Spilke to probation. If he violates probation over the next five years he would face 10 years in prison. He will be required to comply with the following probation conditions: Enter and complete sex offender treatment, register as a sex offender, be subject to internet monitoring, abide by sex offender requirements and have no unsupervised contact with children under 18 years of age.

According to court records, an investigation was initiated by the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, following a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip was that an email address that Spilker later admitted to detectives he had set up was connected to multiple images of nude young girls.

He told detectives he knew reposting the images of young girls was wrong. The Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force investigation filed a search warrant and obtained many images and videos, some depicting children as young as 3-years-old. 

Spilker was a patrol officer with the Kansas City Police Department at the time he reposted and viewed numerous images of child pornography.

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