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Belton man who lost phone at truck stop pleads guilty to child pornography

Posted at 4:18 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 17:18:35-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Belton man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to receiving child pornography over the internet.

In March 2017, Christopher Lee Caven’s cell phone was found at the Flying J truck stop in Peculiar. Someone found the phone and attempted to reset it for their own use, but ultimately contacted law enforcement when they found a large amount of child pornography on the phone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.

Investigators found more than 400 video files and more than 300 images of child pornography on the cell phone. In some of the images, the children were as young as toddlers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Caven, 39, and prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 15 to 18 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.