A man arrested in Hannibal on New Year’s Day 2016 and later charged in federal court with receipt of child pornography has been transferred to federal prison and will spend the next 132 months behind bars.

A man arrested in Hannibal on New Year’s Day 2016 and later charged in federal court with receipt of child pornography has been transferred to federal prison and will spend the next 132 months behind bars.

Donald Ray Pafford, of Hannibal, pleaded guilty to one count of a federal indictment late last year. He was transferred to a federal prison with a sexual offender management program in Springfield, Mo., in May.

Pafford pleaded guilty to receiving at least five graphic images depicting prepubescent children engaging in sexual acts between Dec. 30, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Hannibal police originally arrested Pafford on Jan. 1, 2016.

While patrolling the businesses in the Steamboat Bend Shopping Center shortly after midnight, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, officers with the Hannibal Police Department located a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.

Pafford gave “suspicious reasons” for being parked there, according to a press release from the HPD. The officers left the area, but after learning he was a registered sex offender, returned to monitor Pafford’s activities. At one point, officers observed Pafford engaging in masturbation while looking at his cell phone. The officers approached Pafford and arrested him on suspicion of public indecency. During his questioning, Pafford allegedly admitted to having images of child pornography on his cell phone.

Pafford is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. According to online court documents, Pafford wrote to the judge in the case last week to request a memory card seized by police. The memory card, Pafford wrote, contains “irreplaceable family photos.”

This case was investigated the Kirksville Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hannibal Police Department and the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Livergood handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Pafford pleaded guilty in 2007 to endangering the welfare of a child. He is scheduled to be released from prison in 2025.