AUGUST 31, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONETT SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, FACES AT LEAST 15 YEARS
In the culmination of an investigation by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force, Detectives from the Barry County Sheriff”s Office and the Monett, Mo., Police Department, Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a convicted sex offender in Monett, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Carl Donald Greiner, 37, of Monett, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to the charge contained in a July 20, 2016, federal indictment.
Greiner was convicted of possessing child pornography, sexual misconduct and furnishing pornographic material to a minor in 2004. He was also convicted of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sodomy in 2006.
According to today’s plea agreement, a person using Greiner’s computer reported to police officers on April 30, 2016, that she saw a large amount of child pornography on the computer located in his bedroom, including videos of children ranging in age from 4 to 17. Officers executed a search warrant at Greiner’s residence the same day and seized his desktop computer along with an address book with Internet addresses.
Investigators discovered multiple images and videos of child pornography on Greiner’s computer that had been downloaded from the Internet.
Under federal statutes, Greiner is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 40 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.