Former Missouri cop admits role in child porn case

Posted Aug 13, 2019 2:00 PM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A former Joplin police officer has admitted distributing child pornography.

Forty-three-year-old Gary McKinney pleaded guilty Monday to receiving and distributing child pornography.



 Gary McKinney photo Jasper Co.



Gary McKinney was a police officer for seven years before leaving the force in May 2006. He also worked for the Webb City and Duquesne police departments.


The investigation began in September 2018 when a joint state and federal task force received a tip about a Facebook user uploading a video of the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl.


Federal prosecutors say that person was 31-year-old Anthony Helsel, of Joplin, who is charged with sexual exploitation of children.


That investigation led to McKinney. A search of McKinney's home found about 650 images and videos of child pornography.


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