SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Matthew Casas, of Cassville was sentenced on Tuesday, July 28 to 25 years in federal prison without parole for receiving a distributing child pornography over the internet.

The 25-year-old was taken into custody after law enforcement received three cyber-tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving images of prepubescent females posted on Casa’s social media account.

In 2013, a business in Monett contacted law enforcement after a customer who rented a smart TV notified them of child pornography stored on the device’s memory. The television had previously been rented by Casas who admitted to law enforcement he downloaded and distributed child pornography through his social media account and that he also downloaded images of child pornography onto the smart TV.

Officers executed a search warrant of Casas’ residence in February of 2014, the federal case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 involving law enforcement on federal, state, and local levels to apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.