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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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AUGUST 27, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


LEE’S SUMMIT MAN SENTENCED FOR

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet.


            James Curtis Wilson, 40, of Lee’s Summit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to five years and three months in federal prison without parole.


            On April 5, 2007, Wilson pleaded guilty to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet. Wilson used Kazaa, a file-sharing software program, to collect child pornography from the Internet between May 8 and May 12, 2003. 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.


            This case was 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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