Ex Joplin Teacher Admits to Child Porn Charges, Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison

A former Joplin South Middle School science teacher has pled guilty to federal child porn charges. 40-year-old Charles Gastel of Carterville has pled guilty to charges of sexually exploiting a child to make child porn, according to US Attorney Tammy Dickinson, who says Gastel admits he sexually assaulted a teenage girl over a nine-year period, videotaping some of those encounters. Gastel will serve 28 years in federal prison without parole.