Missouri man sentenced to 46 years for child porn

BRANSON, Mo. | A Branson man was sentenced to more than 46 years in prison with no chance of parole for using an infant to produce child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple sentenced 45-year-old Ronald Darling on Thursday to 46 years and five months in federal prison.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Darling pleaded guilty on Jan. 21 to using a minor to produce child pornography, and to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

In his plea, Darling admitted that the child pornography included images of him sexually abusing the infant.

Darling's federal sentence will run concurrently with a 20-year state sentence for three counts of statutory sodomy.