A former Camden County, MO sheriff’s deputy recently pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year old Leonard Jerome Wilson, formerly of Camdenton, MO pleaded guilty, and under the terms of the plea agreement, must surrender his peace officer license and enter guilty pleas in two related state cases.

Wilson was reportedly employed as a Camden County sheriff’s deputy at the time of the offenses. During an internal investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct and behavior while he was both on and off duty, deputies obtained a tablet and two cell phones used by Wilson.

One cell phone contained a MicroSD card with 18 images of child pornography and 49 images of child erotica. All of the images were of infant, toddler, and prepubescent children.

Under federal statutes, Wilson is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

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