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Missouri pastor sentenced 25 years for producing child pornography

This news story was published on May 30, 2020.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A former Pineville, Missouri, pastor was sentenced Wednesday in federal court today for producing child pornography.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force, and the Pineville Police Department investigated the case.

Ryan Daniel Crawford, 33, of Austin, Arkansas, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Crawford to pay $2,500 in restitution to one of the victims of his molestation, and sentenced Crawford to 20 years on supervised release following incarceration.

On Sept. 16, 2019, Crawford pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography.

Crawford admitted that he had touched the 9-year-old victim’s genitals with his hands, and that he had photographed her genitals with his cell phone while she was sleeping.

Investigators located sexually explicit images of the child victim on Crawford’s cell phone.

Crawford was the assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Pineville for approximately seven years until his arrest on state charges in 2017.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2019 and the state charges were dismissed.

Crawford has remained in federal custody since his arrest on the federal indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller, Western District of Missouri, prosecuted the case.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

Ryan Daniel Crawford

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