Man pleads to having child porn on cell phone, which he lost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who lost a cell phone containing child pornography at a truck stop pleaded guilty Thursday in the case.

Christopher Lee Caven, 39, of Belton, admitted he used the phone to receive child pornography via Kik, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the internet.

Caven’s phone was found at the Flying J Truck Plaza in Peculiar on March 5, 2017. The person who found it couldn't locate the owner and tried to reset the phone for his own use. He called law enforcement after discovering a large amount of child pornography in the photo folder.

Investigators found 402 video files and 302 images of child pornography on Caven’s cell phone. Many of the images depicted children as young as toddlers.

Attorneys agreed to recommend a sentence between 15 and 18 years in federal prison without parole.