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5 Missouri Men Linked to Child Porn Ring

An international child porn investigation is credited for tracking down hundreds linked to sex crimes including five Missouri men.
(POLO, Mo.) Neighbors who live near a home in the 400 block of Francis in Polo, Missouri say they're outraged.

Terry Ingerson lived here with his family for several years. Tuesday, he was sentenced to prison for his involvement in an international child pornography ring.

"I'm really surprised," said Leon Powell, who lives across the street from the home.

Although Powell's children are grown, he says he's still concerned for others who live nearby with kids.

"That's one of the big things today that you worry about especially with your children out in a small town like this. To have someone living right in the middle of town doing that is kind of scary," added Powell.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Ingerson began subscribing to an online website and used a minor to produce child pornography. Ingerson pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count of using a child to produce child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Nikki Richey, who lives nearby and grew up with Ingerson's kids said she's still in shock.

"It is gross, it's very gross. Living out here in the country it's just unthinkable," said Richey.

Authorities who investigate these types of crimes involving kids say they not only take them seriously but they're also personal.

"Child pornography cases seem to never stop and unfortunately it's something that provides a way for us to keep actively looking for those individuals," said Sgt. Jerin Almond from the Platte County Sheriff's Office.

Because of the serious nature of the crime, it takes detectives months or even years to build a case. Part of that time is spent on social media where most young people will be.

"You want to get as many people as you can so if that's not giving out too much information at first then it's something that you're gonna continue to work on and it's not too uncommon to have something like that last for quite a while," added Almond.

Those who live nearby say they're just happy he is off the streets.

"I'm just happy he's not living across the street no more," added Powell.

Ingerson was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Samuel Smith from Platte City was also sentenced to serve five years in federal prison without parole.

The child pornography bust was a part of Operation Thin Ice. To learn more about the operation, click here.


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