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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

  • James Rader would have had a one-day trial Oct. 18 and would have let a jury decide if he was guilty of possessing child pornography.
    But instead he changed his mind.
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  • James Rader would have had a one-day trial Oct. 18 and would have let a jury decide if he was guilty of possessing child pornography.
    But instead he changed his mind.
    Rader appeared in Marion County Court in Hannibal Friday morning and plead to guilty to the charges. The Class C felony allowed for seven years in the state department of corrections, but an agreed sentence of four years was established.
    Rader, who has been convicted of possessing child porn at the federal level, and was already a registered sex offender, was arrested June 19 when county authorities did a routine check-up and found a picture.
    "It's a single picture of what is obviously a real child," Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington said.
    During a series of formal questions from Judge Rachel Bringer-Shepherd, Rader told the court why he was pleading guilty.
    The 64-year-old spoke with a high-toned, raspy voice when he addressed the judge. He stands a little over five feet, pale with a faded red beard, bald head and close-cut sides.
    "I downloaded a picture of a female ... under age ... she was nude," Rader said. "There's nothing sexual about it. She's not touching herself."
    Rader's attorney, Public Defender Jennifer Richardson, described the photo as "unclothed genitals."
    Before making the four-year sentence official, Bringer-Shepherd informed Rader he may have to register as a sex offender longer considering his registration at the time of his arrest.
    A motion to dismiss Rader's case was what was originally scheduled for Friday, but because of Rader's plea change the motion was not taken up.
    Rader will be transferred from the Marion County Jail to the Department of Corrections in Fulton.

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