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Pinellas porn trader transferred to prison

TAMPA —Michael D. Meister, the child pornography trader whose frequent travels and health concerns delayed a trial more than three years, is on the move again.

But this time, his destination is federal prison.

On Tuesday, Meister was removed from the Pinellas County Jail to begin serving his seven-year sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in eastern North Carolina after he was convicted in September of child porn possession and distribution.

The complex is home to the Federal Medical Center, a facility that houses prisoners with medical and psychological problems. Meister, 58, of Pinellas County, has multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

He could still be returned to the Tampa Bay area if the government decides to bring additional charges. Meister was found with more pornography last month while on bail awaiting appeal. Those images were sent for analysis to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Recently, the FBI has also been asking questions about Meister's management of a widow's trust fund.

Pinellas porn trader transferred to prison 05/06/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:08pm]

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