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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS GUILTY

TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving and possessing child pornography.


             Michael J. Alexander, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to all of the charges contained in an Oct. 19, 2006, federal indictment. Alexander owns Big City Marketing, an advertising company.


             By pleading guilty today, Alexander admitted that he received child pornography over the Internet on eight separate occasions between April 8 and Oct. 2, 2006. Alexander also admitted that he was in possession of child pornography on Oct. 14, 2006.


             On Oct. 14, 2006, police officers executed a search warrant at Alexander’s residence in response to a complaint that he was using hidden cameras to videotape women in the nude without their knowledge or permission. During their search of the residence, officers found photographs containing child pornography, which had been printed from the Internet. Investigators also found evidence of child pornography on Alexander’s computer.


            Under federal statutes, Alexander could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole on each of the charges of receiving child pornography, as well as a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole for possessing child pornography. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


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

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