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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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


MAY 28, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


PHOTOGRAPHER PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING,

POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


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


             Stephen B. Brewer, 53, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charges contained in an April 4, 2007, federal indictment.


             Brewer admitted that he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a minor at various times between Jan. 26, 1999, and Nov. 24, 2001. Brewer, who worked as a professional photographer, took digital photographs of the sexually explicit conduct, which occurred at his residence.


             Brewer also admitted that on Oct. 4, 2006, he was in possession of a CD that contained child pornography downloaded from the Internet. Some of the victims in these images were prepubescent, and some of these prepubescent minors were depicted while engaged in sexual activity with adults.


             By pleading guilty today, Brewer also agreed to forfeit to the government his residential property at 11800 Avila Drive in Kansas City as well as computer media that were used to commit the offenses.


            Under federal statutes, Brewer could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole, up to 70 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1 million and an order of restitution for the victim. 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 Kansas City, Mo., Police 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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