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Haynes gets 10 years for possessing child pornography

FARMINGTON – A St. Francois County man will be spending some time in prison for possessing child pornography.

Stephen Paul Haynes, 33, of Park Hills, was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison for violating the probation he received for receiving stolen property and for possessing child pornography.

According to court records, Clayton police officers, a team of computer sex detectives, and an investigator from the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office conducted a consensual search of Haynes’ residence on Sept. 3. The officers confiscated hundreds of CDs, DVDs and a computer hard drive they believed possessed child pornography.

They also found numerous pictures of minors in various stages of nudity. They found what appeared to be a home video of Haynes coercing a female to pose in various stages of nudity. Haynes told the girl he could sell the video and she could make $50.

The case against Haynes developed when the special task force monitoring the Internet found indications that the suspect had been receiving and sending child pornography over his computer.

Sheriff Dan Bullock said once the special unit traced the computer traffic to St. Francois County, it contacted Detective Stormy Bennett of the Sheriff’s Department and Detective Tim Porter of the Farmington Police Department.

Bennett said Haynes was cooperative when confronted and allowed the officers access to his residence and computer.

Instead of viewing all of the material at the residence, Bennett explained, the officers waited until the following week and obtained a second search warrant. The second warrant gave the investigators the authority to look at the contents of the computer’s hard drive as well as check the contents of the other items seized.

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