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Judge sentences Missouri man to 70 years in child porn case

A Kansas City federal judge sentenced a Stanberry, Mo., man Tuesday to 70 years in prison for attempting to produce child pornography and possessing and receiving the material.

Prosecutors contended that Jeffrey Dale Wiederholt, 35, sexually abused a child under the age of 12 over a seven-month period while also photographing the abuse, which included bondage and threats of murder.

At the hearing, Wiederholt pleaded for a 30-year term, but U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner said a sentence more than twice that was more appropriate.

“The public needs to be protected from your conduct,” Fenner said.

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