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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


JULY 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


GRANDVIEW MAN INDICTED FOR

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


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


            Robert Edward Hall, 57, of Grandview, 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 Hall on June 26, 2007. The court has ordered Hall to be detained in federal custody without bond until his trial.


            Today’s federal indictment alleges that Hall received child pornography over the Internet on two occasions, on Dec. 16, 2005, and on March 10, 2006. Because Hall has a prior state felony conviction for abusive sexual conduct involving a minor in Cass County, Mo., his statutory range of punishment on each of these two counts is a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison without parole, and a maximum of up to 40 years in federal prison without parole.


            The federal indictment also alleges that Hall was in possession of child pornography on May 16, 2006. Due to Hall’s prior state felony conviction for abusive sexual conduct involving a minor, his statutory range of punishment for this offense is a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison without parole, and a maximum of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole.


            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 Grandview, Mo., Police Department and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

 

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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