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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

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AUGUST 1, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


GRANDVIEW MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


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


            Robert Edward Hall, 57, of Grandview, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this afternoon to the charges contained in a July 17, 2007, federal indictment. The court previously ordered Hall to be detained in federal custody without bond.


            Hall pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet on two occasions, on Dec. 16, 2005, and on March 10, 2006. He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography on May 16, 2006.


            Law enforcement officers executed a state search warrant at Hall’s residence on May 16, 2006, after receiving information from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Officers recovered several boxes of videotapes along with sexually explicit magazines and a photo album containing child pornography that Hall had downloaded and printed from his computer. Investigators found both photos and videos of child pornography on Hall’s laptop computer. Those images included prepubescent children and toddlers.


            Because Hall has a prior state felony conviction for abusive sexual conduct involving a 3-year-old girl in Cass County, Mo., his statutory range of punishment on each of the offenses of receiving child pornography 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. His statutory range of punishment for the offense of possession of child pornography 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. 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 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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