SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a man in a federal child pornography investigation.
Gordon Wesley Roughton, Jr., 40, of Greene County, faces federal charges. He most recently worked as a seasonal bus driver for a program involving the Springfield-Greene County Parks Board. He is no longer employed by the parks board.
Investigators found four images of a toddler they say depicts child pornography uploaded to MeWe, a social media and social networking service. Investigators tied the pictures to the IP address of Roughton.
Investigators say Roughton admitted to the activity, confessing an interest in children since he was in his 20s. Investigators say he uploaded the images to trade them online. Investigators say they located the photos in Roughton’s deleted folder on his cellular phone.
Roughton told investigators he worked as a teacher in the Fordland School District. Superintendent Chris Ford says that is not the case.
“This is a personnel issue and the district is looking into the situation,” said Supt. Ford. “Mr. Roughton has not and is currently not working for the Fordland R-3 School District.”
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