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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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APRIL 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

INDEPENDENCE MAN INDICTED FOR CHILD PORN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing and distributing child pornography.


             Jeremy W. Clyborne, 28, of Independence, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Clyborne on April 13, 2007.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Clyborne distributed child pornography over the Internet in August 2006.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Clyborne attempted to distribute child pornography over the Internet between Feb. 1, 2007, and April 11, 2007.


             Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that Clyborne was in possession of child pornography on April 12, 2007.


            Wood 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 Independence, Mo., Police Department.


Project Safe Childhood

            This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.



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