SPRINGFIELD — A Granby man was sentenced Monday in federal court to nine years in prison without parole for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

SPRINGFIELD — A Granby man was sentenced Monday in federal court to nine years in prison without parole for receiving child pornography over the Internet.
U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool sentenced Kyle Christopher Largen, 30. The sentence must be served consecutively to any sentence Largen receives in state court. The court also ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution to one of the victims whose images of child sexual abuse he received.
On Oct. 20, Largen pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. The case began Feb. 25, 2015, when a detective with the Joplin Police Department became involved in a child sexual abuse investigation regarding Largen following a child abuse hotline report.
On April 15, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Largen’s residence and seized his laptop, which contained images of child pornography. According to court documents, he possessed 1,769 images of child pornography and 235,554 images of pornographic anime, many of which depicted sadistic or masochistic conduct.
According court documents, Largen was showing pornography to a 4-year-old child and a 5-year-old child.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller prosecuted the case. The Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force and the Joplin Police Department investigated it.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.