Charles Ray Sheppard of Kansas City, Missouri has been sentenced to 17 years and six months in federal prison without parole.
Sheppard, 33, pled guilty to one count of receiving child pornography over the internet and one count of possessing child pornography.
Sheppard admitted he had sexual contact with a five- or six-year-old child victim when he was 18- or 19-years-old. Then, he reconnected with the child victim through Facebook Messenger in 2017, when the child was 13. The two exchanged pornographic photos during their online conversations.
Investigators seized two cell phones from Sheppard. One phone also contained several conversations between Sheppard and another user of the Kik application on which Sheppard requested, and received, images and videos of child pornography of unknown minor children.
Investigators found 38 photos and two videos of child pornography in the Kik communications found in the phone.
Sheppard also sent several nude images of himself to a 14-year-old child victim. Sheppard also admitted that he performed live sexual acts with a 13-year-old child victim on the Kik app.
When police arrested Sheppard in June 2020, he owned a third cell phone that contained child pornography. DOJ, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri "KC Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Child Pornography" https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/kc-man-sentenced-17-years-child-pornography (Nov. 30, 2021).