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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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MAY 2, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

CLAYCOMO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN


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


            Jason Romdall, 28, of Claycomo, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in a Sept. 27, 2006, federal indictment.


            Romdall admitted that he was in possession of child pornography between Feb. 1 and July 1, 2003. Romdall used a computer at his residence to receive child pornography over the Internet. More than 10, but fewer than 150 images of child pornography were found on Romdall’s computer, including several images that depicted children under the age of 12.


            Under federal statutes, Romdall could be subject to a sentence of up to 10 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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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