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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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APRIL 4, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography.


            Michael D. Conner, 31, of Springfield, formerly of Nixa, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning – as his jury trial was about to commence – to being in possession of child pornography.


            Conner admitted that he was in possession of a computer that contained images of child pornography from Feb. 12 to Oct. 19, 2005, in Christian County, Mo.


            By pleading guilty today, Conner also agreed to forfeit to the government any property used in the alleged violation, including an Apple Power Mac G4 computer.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rose A. Barber. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nixa, Mo., Police Department and the Grandview, Mo., Police Department.


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