KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — A 36-year-old Independence man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography, some of which investigators found stashed in the fireplace at his former home.

The U.S. attorney for western Missouri says in a release that Michael G. Larson was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Larson pleaded guilty in March to possessing child pornography that he downloaded from the Internet.

Prosecutors say that federal investigators first found child pornography on Larson’s computer in 2009 during an undercover investigation. Agents determined that 93 files of suspected child pornography were being shared by Larson’s computer. According to a press release, the FBI downloaded 31 of these files and determined all of the files downloaded contained child pornography.

In another undercover operation, agents determined that 76 files of suspected child pornography were available on Larson’s computer. Agents downloaded nine files and determined that eight out of the nine files downloaded contained child pornography.

When Larson’s home was foreclosed on in 2011, the home’s new owners called police when they found another 31 CDs in the chimney flue. Investigators determined the CDs belonged to Larson and contained more than 400 images of child pornography.

The FBI along with the Independence Police Department investigated this case.

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