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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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JULY 8, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


FORMER JOHNSON COUNTY FIREFIGHTER SENTENCED

FOR ENTICING A MINOR FOR SEX


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Johnson County, Kan., firefighter/EMT was sentenced in federal court today for using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sex, then traveling to Missouri to engage in sex with the minor.


            Kyle D. Brewer, 32, of Shawnee, Kan., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brewer to forfeit to the government a cell phone, laptop computer and desktop computer that were used to commit the offenses.


            On Feb. 5, 2008, Brewer pleaded guilty to using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, and traveling across the state line to engage in sex with a minor. Brewer worked as a firefighter/EMT with the Johnson County (Kansas) Fire District #2 at the time of that criminal conduct.


            Brewer admitted that he contacted “Amy,” whom he believed was a 15-year-old girl using the online name “emptybonggirl,” by sending an instant message via the Internet on Oct. 29, 2006. In reality, “Amy” was Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, operating with an online undercover alias.


            Brewer initiated a conversation about sex, providing his cell phone number and making arrangements to meet at a specific location in Livingston County. The next day, Brewer sent a text message apologizing for failing to show up at the meeting, saying he had car trouble. Brewer contacted “Amy” again on Nov. 11, 2006. Brewer stated that he wanted to have sex and made arrangements to meet at a location for the purpose of engaging in sex, but Brewer did not arrive.


            On Nov. 26, 2006, Brewer initiated a conversation with “Amy” on the Internet, and made arrangements to meet at 5 p.m. the next day for the purpose of engaging in sex. The next day Brewer sent an instant message saying that he had arrived at the location. Sheriff Cox was monitoring the meeting location and saw Brewer’s vehicle sitting in the roadway near the meeting location. Brewer slowly drove past the meeting site and continued towards Sheriff Cox, who then stopped the vehicle and identified Brewer as the driver. During a search at the time of his arrest, Brewer was carrying two condoms in his pocket.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes. It was investigated by the Livingston County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Project Safe Childhood


This case is being brought as part of 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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