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St. Louis County Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Ryan Thayer Stephens, 28, of Fenton, Mo., was indicted for allegedly transporting and possessing child pornography. He appeared in federal court earlier today.

Photo: mshp.dps.mo.gov

Photo: mshp.dps.mo.gov

According to the indictment, between January and October 2013, Stephens transported a thumb drive containing child pornography from Missouri to Arizona. The indictment states that he possessed child pornography between January 2010 and October 2013, and that he has a prior military conviction for Possession of Child Pornography.

If convicted, transportation of child pornography carries a penalty range of 15 to 30 years in prison. Each count of possession of child pornography carries a penalty range of 10 to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

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