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St Charles man convicted of possession of thousands of child pornography

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A St. Charles man was sentenced Wednesday to six and a half years in prison for possessing thousands of pictures and hundreds of videos containing child pornography.

Marcus E. Gardner, 48, was also ordered to pay $78,000 in compensation to victims identified by authorities.

Gardner pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in March. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, investigators found about 11,000 images and 500 videos of child sexual abuse on Gardner’s computer and external hard drives.

He admitted buying child pornography from a foreign website. Homeland Security agents found that between September 2015 and December 2018, he accessed the site 1,132 times and made at least two purchases.

Investigators also found that the site had earned the equivalent of at least $19 million in profits from users who had paid to access and download content.

https://fox2now.com/news/st-charles-man-sentenced-for-possessing-thousands-of-child-porn-images/ St Charles man convicted of possession of thousands of child pornography

Nate Jones

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