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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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APRIL 6, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

LEE’S SUMMIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet.


            James Curtis Wilson, 39, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Thursday, April 5, to the charge contained in a Sept. 27, 2006, federal indictment.


            Wilson admitted that he attempted to receive child pornography over the Internet between May 8 and May 12, 2003. Wilson used Kazaa, a file-sharing software program, to collect child pornography from the Internet. Wilson’s computer contained between 10 and 150 images of child pornography. Some of those images were of children under the age of 12, and some depicted sadistic or violent sexual activity with the children.


            By pleading guilty, Wilson also agreed to forfeit to the government a desktop computer and two hard drives, which were used to commit the offense.


            Under federal statutes, Wilson 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 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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