doj.gif

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


SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


JURY CONVICTS BELTON MAN FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Belton, Mo., man was convicted in federal court late yesterday afternoon on charges related to child pornography over the Internet.


            Kamron E. Dehghani, 21, of Belton, was found guilty of publishing a notice online seeking to exchange or distribute child pornography over the Internet, attempting to receive and attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet, and possessing child pornography.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated approximately 2 ½ hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner, ending a trial that began Monday, Sept. 17, 2007.


            Dehghani used Limewire, a file-sharing program, on his home computer, as well as e-mail exchanges through AOL, to receive and distribute child pornography over the Internet between Sept. 1, 2005, and March 9, 2006. In addition, Dehghani published a notice in an online chat room on Jan. 2, 2006, seeking to exchange or distribute child pornography over the Internet.


            Dehghani confirmed that he had posted the advertisement for child pornography in an e-mail to an undercover Kansas City police officer, and agreed to trade child pornography with the undercover officer.


            At the time police officers seized Dehghani’s computer, it contained approximately 100 images of undeleted child pornography, as well as evidence of partially downloaded videos of child pornography. Some of the images Dehghani received and distributed portrayed children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images portrayed children subjected to sadistic or other violent sexual conduct.


            Under federal statutes, Dehghani could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole for publishing a notice to exchange child pornography over the Internet, a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole for attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet as well as for attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet, and up to10 years in federal prison without parole for possession of 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 and the Belton, 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/.



****************

This news release, as well as additional information about the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, is available on-line at

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