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Ste. Genevieve County Man Sentenced to Serve 9 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU – United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. on Tuesday sentenced a man from Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri to nine years in prison on a charge of receiving child pornography.

Timothy Ray White, 61, appeared for sentencing at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

According to court documents, on Oct. 6, 2022, a search warrant was obtained and executed at White's residence where numerous electronic devices were seized. White was present during the execution of the warrant and admitted that he had "tons" of child pornography on his devices.  Further investigation revealed thousands of photos and videos depicting child pornography. White admitted to being addicted to child pornography.  After service of his 108-month sentence, White was ordered to be placed on supervised release for life.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Assistant United States Attorney Julie Hunter handled the prosecution for the government.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated September 19, 2023

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