DEC. 9,2010 at 10PM: A former Noel, Missouri police officer was sentenced today for sexually exploiting a child and possessing child pornography.
28-year-old Casey Nanez of Noel was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
Nanez is a former police officer for the city of Noel.
He pleaded guilty in September to the federal indictment.
The McDonald County Sheriff's Department seized Nanez's computer in June of 2009 during an investigation into allegations that he had unlawful sexual contact with one or more minors.
Investigators found photographs of minors engaged in sexual activity with an adult on Nanez' computer.
Nanez admitted that he took those photographs and downloaded them to his computer.
Updated Sept. 6, 2010 - 1:30 PM CST: Casey Nanez, 28, has plead guilty to sexually exploiting a child and possession of child porn.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury last year when he was an officer with the Noel, Missouri Police Department.
According to investigators, Nanez had several photographs of minors engaged in sexual activity on his computer.
Under federal statutes Nanez is subject to a mandatory prison sentence of at least 15 years in prison plus a fine.
Official sentencing will be held at a later date.
Updated Oct. 8, 2009 - 4:50 PM CST: Casey Nanez is charged with statutory rape and sodomy, accused of having sex with a minor.
Nanez waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday and was bound over for trial.
The McDonald County sheriff revoked his deputy status when Nanez was charged back in June.
Updated June 18, 2009 - 3:34 PM CST: More charges have been filed against Casey Nanez.
The McDonald County reserve deputy is charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy for sexual acts with a teenager.
He is also charged with statutory rape, child molestation and witness tampering.
The 27 year old has been fired from the McDonald County Sheriff's Office.
June 12, 2009 03:00 PM CDT: A former reserve deputy with the McDonald County Sheriff's Office has been charged with two counts of statutory rape, one count of child molestation and one count of witness tampering.
Casey Nanez of Noel, Missouri is accused of having sex with an underage girl.
McDonald County Sheriff Rob Evenson confirmed Nanez had been a reserve deputy with his office. He said they revoked Nanez's commission on June 10.
Sheriff Evenson said that the Cyber Crimes Task Force is helping with the investigation.
He said he could not comment on the investigation any further at this time.
Noel, Missouri marshal confirmed that Nanez was released from duty about two months ago, but could not say why.
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