East Prairie man sentenced to more than 11 years for child porn distribution

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – An East Prairie man was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.

Elijah G. Riley, 27, was sentenced Thursday to 135 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.

Riley appeared for his sentencing hearing before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

An undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation began communicating with Riley on a social messaging application in August of 2021, according to court documents.

During their communications, Riley sent a video depicting an adult male sexually abusing a young female child.

The FBI found Riley days later and arrested him.

At his guilty plea hearing earlier this year, Riley admitted that he used the internet to send the child pornography video to the agent. After serving his 135-month sentence, Riley will be placed on supervised release for 20 years. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Koester handled the prosecution.

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