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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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FEBRUARY 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO MEN INDICTED FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION,

CHILD PORN, OBSCENITY


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in separate and unrelated cases, on charges related to child pornography and exploitation.


             * Jesse Aaron Lipe, 25, of California, Mo., was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City on Feb. 2, 2007. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Lipe on Jan. 25, 2007.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Lipe attempted to transport child pornography over the Internet on Oct. 5, 2006.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Lipe received child pornography over the Internet on Oct. 5, 2006.


             Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that Lipe was in possession of child pornography on Jan. 24, 2007.


             The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Lipe to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including an 80GB computer hard drive and a Dell Dimension computer.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Technical Assistance Team and the California, Mo., Police Department.


             * Travis Lee Gerdt, 27, of Godfrey, Ill. was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City on Feb. 2, 2007.



             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Gerdt used the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity on Sept. 22, 2006.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Gerdt used the Internet to attempt to transfer obscene material to a minor on Sept. 22, 2006.


             Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that Gerdt attempted to use a minor to produce child pornography on Sept. 22, 2006.


             The federal indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation, which would require Gerdt to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a Kodak 35 mm camera, a Web cam, a Lexmark scanner/printer/fax, an eMachines computer, monitor and keyboard, a pair of speakers, a computer mouse and a wireless mouse.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the State Technical Assistance Team and the Division of Family Services.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments 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.


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