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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Kirksville Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

St. Louis, MO – Scott B. Walsh, 48, of Kirksville, MO, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for Receipt of Child Pornography. Walsh appeared before United States District Judge John A. Ross. 

According to court documents, in September of 2017 it came to the attention of Shelbina and Kirksville Police Departments that Walsh had solicited child pornography from a twelve-year boy in the area. The police and FBI discovered that Walsh, a registered sex offender, had befriended the twelve-year old boy, and given the child presents (such a bike and cell phone). Walsh persuaded the child, after numerous and constant text messaging, to send Walsh a self-produced video which depicted child pornography. The Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit was able to forensically locate the video on the child’s cell phone, as well as, the many text messages Walsh had sent the child.

Walsh pled guilty to Deviate Sexual Assault in an unrelated case on December 20, 2004, Boone County, Missouri and received five years in state prison.

The Kirksville Police Department, the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Shelbina Police Department investigated the case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen Lang is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated September 5, 2019