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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


DECEMBER 14, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


LEE’S SUMMIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY,

ILLEGALLY POSSESSING AMMUNITION


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet and illegally possessing ammunition.


             Jeffrey Dewain Dueker, 39, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this afternoon to the charges contained in two separate federal indictments.


             Dueker pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving child pornography over the Internet. Dueker admitted that he received child pornography on May 17 and July 2, 2006. Dueker also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition, which was charged in the second federal indictment.


             According to the plea agreement, a male child took a DVD from Dueker’s residence between Jan. 19 and 22, 2007. The DVD contained multiple photos and videos of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children, some of whom were subjected to sadistic or violent sexual contact.


             The Lee’s Summit Police Department executed a search warrant for Dueker’s residence on Jan. 26, 2007, at which time they recovered multiple CDs containing over 150 videos of child pornography and hundreds of additional photos of child pornography. A computer seized from Dueker’s residence contained additional video and photos of child pornography, including images of prepubescent girls being subjected to bondage or other violent sexual conduct. Most of the child pornography on the computer was downloaded over the Internet.


             During their search of Dueker’s residence, police officers also recovered hundreds of rounds of multiple varieties of ammunition. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Dueker has a prior criminal felony conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia in North Dakota.


            Under federal statutes, Dueker could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole on each of the child pornography counts, up to 20 years in federal prison without parole on each count, and up to 10 years in federal prison without parole for being a felon in possession of ammunition. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. They were investigated by the Lee’s Summit, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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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