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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Republic Man Indicted for Producing Child Porn, Sharing Child Porn Over the Internet

Project Safe Childhood

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Republic, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography and for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Dustin E. James, 30, of Republic, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

The federal indictment alleges that James used a minor, identified as “Jane Doe,” to produce child pornography between July 1, 2012, and April 24, 2013. The indictment also alleges that James received and distributed child pornography over the Internet between Jan. 1, 2011, and April 24, 2013.

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 James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Republic, 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