Three men were indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday for crimes related to child pornography.
It is unclear if there is a connection between the three other than the timing of the grand jury’s decision. As is often the case with indictments before a grand jury, few details are available at the outset.
Of the three, the most serious charge is against Travis Isham, 31, who authorities say lured or coerced two underage girls in October for the purpose of creating child pornography. This crime is punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison.
Phillip Rodgers, 52, of Taney County, and Marvin Smith, 43, of Greene County, are both charged with receiving and distributing child pornography.
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Authorities say Rodgers transferred the pornography between May 2018 and February this year. The range of sentences for this crime is 5 to 20 years.
Documents indicate that Smith allegedly transferred child pornography between June 2022 and February 2023. His sentence, if convicted, is increased to 15 to 40 years in prison because he is a former offender.
This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Three indicted by federal grand jury for child pornography