Columbia Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt Of Child Porn Images

Steven D. Blosser of Columbia pleaded guilty today, Aug. 9, to Receipt Of Child Pornography. The plea carried a prison term of 5 (minimum) to 20 years, a fine up to $250,000, and five years of supervised release. Blosser, 40, will appear back in court later this year for sentencing. He had appeared in federal court Feb. 24, 2017 for his arraignment hearing. Court proceedings had continued until today.

According to the court report, investigators obtained a warrant March 2, 2016 to search Blosser’s home in Columbia. Items seized by police included an Apple iPad and a Dell desktop computer. During the search, Blosser provided a voluntary, videotaped statement. He admitted to having child pornography on his computers “for years.” The defendant also admitted downloading child pornography, and he provided the name of a website which distributed the photos. Blosser stated he had been downloading child pornography “as far back as I can remember.” Investigators discovered 84 images on his Dell, and 2,124 on his iPad.

Investigators discovered that from on or about Sept. 16, 2015, until on or about Feb. 19, 2016, the defendant received images of child pornography, including those charged in the indictment.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The case was investigated by the Columbia Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Springfield Child Exploitation Task Force. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.