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North Missouri man behind bars facing child porn charges

Joseph Allen Schmitt, 19, of Moberly, (Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

A north Missouri man is behind bars facing child porn charges.

On Wednesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announced that Joseph Allen Schmitt, 19, of Moberly, had been arrested and charged with promoting child pornography.

On Tuesday, investigators executed a search warrant at Schmitt’s residence on Henry Street in Moberly. Investigators say they found child pornography and computer equipment used to commit the crime.

Schmitt was arrested and transported to the Randolph County Justice Center in Huntsville.

On Wednesday, the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Schmitt with possession of child pornography - first offense, child molestation - first degree, and statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy - deviate sexual intercourse - person less than 12 years old. Bond was set at $500,000 cash only.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Schmitt’s arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Highway Patrol was assisted by Troop B Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Moberly Police Department.

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