Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Cape Girardeau man charged Feb. 5 with possession of child pornography for downloading inappropriate video of a girl younger than 15 pleaded guilty last week before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis.

Shane R. Steck, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charges in April. Steck, formerly employed at Creative Edge in Jackson, downloaded a 20-minute video of an underage girl posing nude on a company-issued laptop.

A second video that was downloaded had a broken link and didn't appear to have been viewed, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case.

Investigators confirmed the girl in the video was underage based on a medical opinion from Dr. Heather Dodson, a pediatrician at Cape Physician Associates. Based on the girl's body development, Dodson told investigators she looked to be between the ages of 12 and 15.

Lewis ordered a sentencing assessment report be completed and set Steck's next court date for Aug. 9. He will be sentenced at that time.

Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecuting attorney Julie Meiners said that, per a plea agreement, the state will recommend a suspended imposition of a prison sentence and five years' supervised probation.