Child Pornography Charge Lands Former Sarcoxie Board Member In Prison

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Child Pornography Charge Lands Former Sarcoxie Board Member In Prison

By Austin Robertson. CREATED Oct 10, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former school board member in Sarcoxie is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

John Lewis pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in a plea deal that dropped a second charge of receiving child pornography over the Internet.

The plea deal requires the 67-year-old Lewis to serve no more than 10 years in prison and then face a minimum of five years on supervised release.

Lewis, a former associate professor at Missouri Southern State University, also could be fined up to $250,000.

The Joplin Globe reports that a sentencing date has not been scheduled.