Former Branson EMT Sentenced for Child Porn

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by Sam Clanton

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A former EMT from Branson is sentenced in federal court for producing child pornography.

On Tuesday, U-S District Judge M. Douglas Harpool sentenced 31-year-old Nicholas James Dickerson to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. He is also sentenced to supervised release for the rest of his life following incarceration.

Dickerson was employed by Western Taney County Fire Protection District as an EMT for less than 18 months, and was a volunteer firefighter for about eight months. He was residing in living quarters at a local fire station at the time of his offense.

According to court documents, Dickerson sold his iPhone to a business in Nixa last February. After the transaction was complete, an employee of the business noticed that the “deleted pictures folder” was still present on the screen. The employee saw an image of child pornography and alerted the store owner, who contacted law enforcement.

Investigators were able to identify the nine-year-old victim in the photo. Dickerson admitted to investigators that he took the photo while sexually abusing the child in his living quarters at the fire station, and that he abused the victim on multiple occasions.

The case was investigated by the FBI.

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