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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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


OCTOBER 10, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


INDEPENDENCE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO

DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNORGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing child pornography over the Internet.


             Jeremy W. Clyborne, 28, of Independence, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays this afternoon to the charges contained in an April 17, 2007, federal indictment.


             By pleading guilty today, Clyborne admitted that he distributed child pornography over the Internet in August 2006 and that he was in possession of child pornography on April 12, 2007.


             Independence police officers executed a search warrant at Clyborne’s home on April 12, 2007, where they found a computer disk that contained up to 300 images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children subjected to violent or sadistic sexual abuse. Clyborne obtained the images over the Internet via e-mail, and sent child pornography images over the Internet using his e-mail account.


            Under federal statutes, Clyborne could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to 30 years in federal prison without parole. 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 Independence, Mo., Police Department.


Project Safe Childhood

            This case is being brought as part of 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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