Game Store Owner Sentenced To 290 Years In Prison For Child Porn

Leland Beasley, the 43-year-old owner of the Gamestation Sector 19 video game stores in St Louis County, Missouri, has been sentenced to 290 years in prison for the possession and production of child pornography, videos he recorded during all-night gaming sessions at his place of business.

In the harshest federal sentence for child porn ever handed down in the eastern district of Missouri, Beasley will be spending a fraction of the following 3480 months in prison, after being found guilty of 10 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

As the owner of the popular Gamestation Sector 19 video game store on Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis, Beasley didn't have to hunt for his victims; they came directly to him. Leland held sleepover events at his store on a regular basis starting in 2006. During these events he would fondle sleeping boys, videotaping himself performing lewd actions on the sleeping youths.

During a trial that took place in April, Beasley's victims took the stand. They had to watch the videos taken of them, describing to the court what was happening. According to Lt Chris Mateja, the deputy director of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Beasley denied being in the videos, despite his obvious presence. ""He never showed any remorse either. The judge made note of that in her sentencing today."

Beasley still faces charges for the actual molestation of his victims. In January he was charged with one count of child molestation. In February a St Louis Country grand jury upped those charges to two counts of first-degree child molestation, five counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of third-degree assault and attempted statutory sodomy. These charges are in addition to the child pornography charges that netted him nearly 300 years in jail.

Man Gets 290 Years For Making Child Pornography [Fox 2 Missouri]


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    If he were in Queensland he'd get 5 or so total... Gotta love the USA's sentencing of pedos!

    why pay to keep this man alive?

    end him.

      That sounds harsh, but economically speaking it's the smarter move. 290 year sentence is like dealing surplus damage with a critical hit: there should be gibs.

        Overkill!

      Executing someone costs several times more than what it costs to keep them in prison for life.

        This.

        The legal fees alone are millions of dollars.

    I don't see the point of 290 years.

    He's not going to live for that long anyway.

      I believe one of the points is if they're given things such as 'time off for good behaviour' etc it has to come off the top of the current sentence. Sentences like this, although absurd in their timeframe, also indicate there is absolutely zero chance of ever being released. Also, you have to take into account they also have to add up the sentence on each individual charge, they would'nt expect him to be alive for all of it, but the total amount of years potentially sentencable (not a word I know), would be potentially 290 years. Which, is what he ended up getting? He got the maximum sentence for all charges, adding up to that.

    What's he gonna do when he gets out of prison after 290 years? crumble to dust ala that guy who drinks from the wrong cup in that Indiana Jones movie?

    While 290 years may seem rather odd to most people, and some are saying it's just downright stupid, as it is pointed out this man will obviously not be kept in a cell for 290 years.

    While he will be spending the remainder of his life there, amount of years sentenced is a culmination of the crimes he has committed, there for makes perfect sense.

    The best part about this? It's EXACTLY how pedophiles should be treated, and for that matter, criminals in general.

    Honestly, i can't help but face palm everytime i think of our law system compared to America's..

    I mean i was watching highway patrol last night, and there were people being downright disrespectful to the police and refusing to do ANYTHING they said and getting away with it. In America they would have been maced and dragged away.

    It seriously makes me so angry seeing so many people being a waste of such perfectly good air...

    But i digress - i seriously hope they put this guy in a cell with some larger-than-life type named "rosco" who shows this guy how it is to be sexually assaulted. :)

      I understand the point about the sentence is the culmination of the crimes committed, but effectively this is a life sentence, although the judgement is not defined as a life sentence or death sentence.

      However, given that most of the US has capital punishment and we always hear of how overcrowded their prisons are, wouldn't it be the quickest and cheapest option to all involved?

        I don't think most of the states use the death penalty. Those that do, they still have to wait years, sometimes even decades to put a person to death thanks to the appeals process.

        prison overcrowding is a result of the US's war on drugs, putting thousands and thousands of non-violent offenders behind bars with the people whom actually deserve to be there.

          'Non violent' as a generalization is not correct; drug users are a drag on the hospital system injuring others and themselves (and possibly hospital staff). To insinuate it’s a victimless or harmless event considering the amount of theft and criminal activity that’s directly connected to it is just stupid and ignorant.

            I think he's referring to mandatory minimum sentences for things like marijuana possession.

        Your forgetting that life sentences are 30 years in the can.

      I much prefer our system. I have a problem with seeing American police officers attacking and 'disabling' a suspect regardless of their innocence or guilt if they show the mildest form of resistance. Also many crimes in the US seem to have much greater sentences, not because the sentence fits the crime, but because they want to discourage others from doing it.

      To me this isn't what the law should be about. You shouldn't start upping sentences just to try and discourage others from doing it, the sentence should always fit the crime.

      In regards to this article, a terrible thing to happen and glad to see that he will be put away forever. I am a little surprised that parents let the kids have 'sleepovers' at their local game store though. I'm sure it seems innocent enough, but I would want either myself or another parent I knew personally to be there as chaperone, if it was my kid.

    The sentencing also outlines when he will be able to apply for parole. 290 years pretty much guarantees he will never be eligible for a parole hearing.

    Medical science is contstantly improving, ensuring criminals experience as much of their sentence as possible.

    He is going to have a worse time in prison as a known pedophile than any death sentence he could be given.. Even violent criminals hate pedophiles..

      this is the most likely scenario. It doesn't matter how long his sentence is, really. Once other inmates learn of what he did, he won't live long unless he is constantly kept separate from the general population.

      If he lives for two years inside prison I'll be impressed.

        2 years? Please, make it 2weeks. That is what I am wishing for anyway.

    Good, exactly what he deserves.

    This is gaming news how exactly? The guy is a creep, deserves everything coming his way...but I have to read about this sicko because of the business he owns...one has not much to do with the other...

    I DO NOT beleive in the death penalty and support my countries views on it (australia) but when it comes to people that do things like this to kids that scar them for life, well If they killed him I wouldn't be to dissapointed.

    I have mixed feelings about this story being here.

    I don't know, I just don't want the story being here to somehow validate some convoluted idea that these horrific crimes had anything to do with Video Games.

    We've seen games get dragged through the mud by some truly monumental strechtes of logic before...

    But I also think it may be a good idea for parents to know that allowing your child to spend nights at a store unsupervised is a bad idea.

    I'm kind of shocked people don't know better. But when I was 16 or 17 I went to a few all-nighters at Warp 10 in Cranbourne. So who knows?

    Mostly people of a similar age there and there was no place to sleep. It was jsut gaming from 6pm to 6am.

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