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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Blue Springs Man Indicted for Producing Child Porn, Obscenity

Project Safe Childhood

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Blue Springs, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing child pornography and child obscenity that victimized three children.

Jeffrey Laurence Treta, 46, of Blue Springs, was charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment charges Treta with two counts of producing child pornography.
Treta allegedly used a child victim (identified as “Jane Doe #1”) to produce child pornography on Jan. 19, 2013, and again on Jan. 29, 2013.

Treta is also charged with two counts of producing child obscenity. Treta allegedly used another child victim (identified as “Jane Doe #2”) to produce child obscenity between May 1, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2013. Treta allegedly used a third child victim (identified as “Jane Doe #3”) to produce child obscenity between Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2013.

Today’s indictment also charges Treta with one count of possessing child pornography and one count of obstructing justice.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department.

Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

Updated January 16, 2015