SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

A federal grand jury recently handed up a two-count indictment against a former Springfield police officer for possession of child pornography.  According to the indictment filed on May 6, investigators believe Steven Magruder downloaded sexually explicit images of children under 12 years of age to his computer repeatedly between April 2012 and April 2013.

Officers served a search warrant at Magruder’s home on April 18, 2013.  The day of the raid, they found, Magruder had downloaded child porn.  They seized a desktop computer and an SD card found near the computer.

"The defendant is currently a security officer for a local college.  In addition, he once served as [a] law enforcement officer.  As a retired law enforcement officer and current security official, the defendant would be familiar with and investigated crimes against minors.  Despite the defendant's law enforcement experience and background he has chosen to violate the law he once swore to enforce by not only possessing images of children engaged in sexual acts, but receiving and distributing these images, further victimizing these children,” according to one document in Magruder’s case file.

Magruder, 59, retired from the Springfield Police Department as a corporal in 2005.  He was employed as a security officer at Ozark Technical Community College's Richwood Valley campus in Christian County, according to OTC public information officer Mark Miller.

Miller wouldn’t say when Magruder's stopped working for OTC because that’s a personnel issue.  Miller said Magruder worked part time for OTC for about 8 ½ years.

“The defendant's criminal conduct only stopped after law enforcement interceded and executed the aforementioned search warrant,” a court document said.

A federal magistrate released Magruder on his own recognizance.  If he’s convicted, he could face a prison sentence between five and 20 years.