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Former Mehlville Schools workers gets 11 years for child porn

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A man from Barnhart, Missouri, who used to work for Mehlville schools is heading to prison on federal pornography charges.

Thomas Mantle was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison. Prosecutors say he sent graphic images from his computer at the Mehlville School District in St. Louis County where he worked.

For three months starting in December 2005, an undercover detective posing as a teenage boy exchanged graphically sexual e-mails with Mantle. At the time, Mantle worked for the school district as a network specialist.

In March, the 44-year-old pleaded guilty to pornography charges.

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