A former Joplin, Missouri, police officer has pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.
Gary McKinney, 43, pleaded guilty after being indicted in October of 2018. He was an officer with the Joplin Police Department for about seven years until May 20, 2006, after which he worked as a police officer in Webb City, Mo., and Duquesne, Mo.
An investigation into the officer was launched after an anonymous tip was given to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Through their investigation, officials located 506 images and 148 videos that contained child pornography on McKinney’s cell phone.