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      Heartland man pleads guilty to child sexual exploitation

      Gary D. Foster, 53, of Linneus, Mo.

      Update Dec. 31, 2013:According to online court records, on the charge of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor Child, Gary Foster was sentenced to 23 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.On the charge of Statutory Sodomy, 1st Degree, he was sentenced to 30 years.Both sentences are to be served consecutive and started on Dec. 30, 2013.-------------------------------------On Monday, Gary D. Foster, 53, of Linneus, Mo., pleaded guilty to child sexual exploitation and statutory sodomy charges. The charges were the result of a joint investigation between the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crime Task Force and the Boone County Sheriffâ??s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force.

      The investigation began in May of this year when the Kirksville Task Force received a complaint that Foster had been having a sexual relationship with a minor male. After conducting several interviews, the Kirksville Task Force along with the Linn County Sheriffâ??s Office served a court ordered search warrant at the Fosterâ??s residence in Linneus.

      During the search, the Kirksville Cyber Crimes Task Force seized several items of electronic evidence. During the examination of the electronic evidence, several sexually graphic photographs of a 13-year-old boy were located, including a photograph of Foster engaging in sexual conduct with the minor. A Kirksville Task Force detective located the boy in the photographs who indicated they were taken in a wooded area north of Columbia during the spring of 2012. Following that, the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force was contacted. A Boone County Cyber Crimes investigator identified a location north of Columbia where the photographs were taken.

      On June 10, investigators with the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Sullivan County Sheriffâ??s Office contacted Foster at his place of employment in Milan, Mo., where he was arrested and taken to the Boone County Jail.

      Final sentencing for Foster is set for Dec. 23.