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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 8, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER MAILHANDLER PLEADS GUILTY TO

RECEIVING CHILD PORN IN THE MAIL


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography through the mail.


            Mark Anthony Mayfield, 51, of Independence, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to the charge contained in a June 28, 2006, federal indictment. Mayfield, who was employed as a mail handler, is the former administrative vice president for the Kansas City, Missouri branch of the Mail Handlers Union and, at the time of the offense, acting Local Vice President.


            As part of an undercover investigation, on Oct. 11, 2005, Mayfield received a letter and questionnaire from a company offering illegal videotapes for sale. Mayfield filled out the questionnaire, indicating his interest in several categories – including child pornography – and returned it in the mail.


            Mayfield later mailed another letter, enclosing $125 in cash and ordering several DVDs that were described as containing child pornography. Mayfield was arrested soon after the DVDs were delivered to his home on Dec. 15, 2005. During the execution of a search warrant immediately after the delivery, law enforcement officers found 440 images of child pornography in Mayfield’s briefcase. In a search of Mayfield’s home computer, officers found 150 images of child pornography along with six videos, including one movie of full sexual intercourse with a child apparently under the age of 12.


            By pleading guilty today, Mayfield also agreed to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the offenses, including a Gateway computer tower containing two hard drives and two printers.


            Under federal statutes, Mayfield could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. 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 U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department.



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