|Magruder in a file photo from the Springfield News Leader|
A federal grand jury has handed up an indictment against a former Springfield police corporal for possession of child pornography.
According to the indictment, Steven Robert Magruder was downloading sexually explicit images of children less than 12 years-old to his computer the day a search warrant was executed at this home.
Court documents allege that Magruder received and distributed those images between April 2012 and April of 2013. A desktop computer and an SD card found near the computer were seized, according to court records.
"The defendant is currently a security officer for a local college. In addition, he once served as [a] law enforcement officer. As a retired law enforcement officer and current security official, the defendant would be familiar with and investigated crimes against minors. Despite the defendant's law enforcement experience and background he has chosen to violate the law he once swore to enforce by not only possessing images of children engaged in sexual acts, but receiving and distributing these images, further victimizing these children."
Magruder, 59, who retired from the patrol division in 2005, had recently been employed as a security officer at Ozark Technical College's Richwood Valley campus in Christian County, according to OTC public information officer Mark Miller.
"He, like other OTC employees, are required to undergo and pass a background check," said Miller. Miller said he was unable to comment on when Magruder's last day as an OTC employee was "because it is a personnel issue."
"I can tell you he was a part time officer who worked here for about 8 1/2 years. He primarily worked one day a week," said Miller.
Court records say, "The defendant's criminal conduct only stopped after law enforcement interceded and executed the aforementioned search warrant."
If Magruder, who was released on his own recognisance, is convicted he could face anywhere from five to 20 years in federal prison.