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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



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JUNE 28, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HENLEY MAN INDICTED ON ADDITIONAL

CHILD PORN CHARGES


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Henley, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today on additional charges of producing child pornography, as well as possessing child pornography.


             Jack Len Hilt, 57, of Henley, was charged in a six-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. Today’s superseding indictment contains the original charges alleged in a Dec. 8, 2006, indictment, as well as three additional counts for producing child pornography involving three additional victims.


             Four counts of the federal indictment allege separate instances in which Hilt used persons under the age of 18 for the purpose of producing child pornography. Two of those offenses allegedly occurred in June 2005, one in July 2002 and one in September 2002, all in Cole County, Mo.


             The federal indictment also alleges that Hilt was in possession of child pornography from an unknown date until Oct. 19, 2006, in Cole County.


             Today’s indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation, which would require Hilt to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a camera, two VCRs, a five-inch color TV, a desktop computer and a laptop computer.


            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 Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Cole County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the State Technical Assistance Team, the Division of Family Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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