Iron County man sentenced to 20 years for receiving child pornography
(KBSI) – An Iron County man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.
Samuel J. Gillam, 37, appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau on May 17.
According to court documents, law enforcement officials interviewed a 16-year-old female during a sexual abuse investigation and discovered, among other things, that she sent sexually explicit images of herself to Gillam. Investigators seized Gillam’s mobile phone and found the images, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri.
At Gillam’s guilty plea hearing last February, he admitted that he received the images from the girl. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Limbaugh determined that the aggravated nature of Gillam’s conduct—including the fact that he had been sexually abusing the minor female—justified the statutory maximum 20-year sentence.
After serving his 20-year sentence, Gillam was ordered to be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. Gillam will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Jack Koester handled the prosecution.