Ste. Gen County Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

A man from Ste. Genevieve County has been sentenced to federal prison for producing photos of the sexual abuse of a young boy. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cape Girardeau says 22-year-old Noah Church was given 210 months or 17 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty in September to sexual exploitation of a minor. Church admitted sending images containing child sexual abuse material to an undercover F.B.I. agent. In April of 2022, the F.B.I. began investigating the use by Church of an online chat forum on Kik Messenger. Church, who used the username “LittleBois123”, shared pictures of a child and discussed sexually abusing the child. The F.B.I. traced “LittleBois123” to a home in Ste. Genevieve County and that’s when the feds conducted a court-approved search of the home on June 8th of 2022. They found photos of the child on Church’s phone which contained hundreds of images containing child porn. After his release from prison, Church will be on supervised probation for 20 years.