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Former missionary gets 58 years in prison on child pornography charges

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Updated: 1/28 3:04 pm
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- A former missionary was sentenced to 58 years in prison on child pornography charges Tuesday.

Investigators said Warren Kennell downloaded and shared pornography, and molested young girls. Kennell said he was a missionary for New Tribes Mission, based in Sanford.

In court it was brought up that Kennell was born in the Brazilian jungle. His attorney and family suggested that the way he was raised and the culture he was in may have contributed to his actions.

It was also brought up that Kennell admitted to producing child porn from 2005 to 2011 and that he personally abused at least four victims, one under the age of 12.

When Kennell was arrested in June, investigators said they found pictures of him molesting a young girl.

At the time, investigators said Kennell admitted to molesting four children and taking pictures of them.

Kennell cried as he apologized to his victims, his family and those working the case who had to view the photos.

His New Tribes Mission biography described Kennell as a language teacher who grew up in Brazil, and is the son of missionaries. He went back to Brazil in 1994 as a missionary, according to his biography.
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