You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn, Faces at least 10 Years in Prison

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield man with a prior child pornography conviction has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography.

Aaron Douglas Wold, 29, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to the charge contained in an Aug. 29, 2012 federal indictment.

On Aug. 8, 2012, law enforcement officers contacted Wold at his residence to perform a sex offender compliance check. Wold was convicted of possessing child pornography in Dakota County, Minn. on Jan. 23, 2007. He was sentenced in that case to one year and one day of incarceration and five years of probation.

During the compliance check, Wold was questioned and eventually showed officers his laptop computer. Officers seized the computer and conducted a forensic examination, which found numerous images of child pornography on the laptop.

Under federal statutes, Wold is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. Wold must forfeit the laptop computer to the government. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Jasper County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Updated January 8, 2015