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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 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS

FOR 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 was sentenced in federal court today for producing and possessing child pornography.


             Stephen B. Brewer, 53, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 50 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brewer to forfeit to the government his residential property at 11800 Avila Drive in Kansas City and computer media that were used to commit the offenses, and to pay the victim an amount of restitution that will be determined.


             “We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community – our children – from being exploited by sexual predators,” Wood said. “Today’s sentence, given the age of this defendant, means he will likely spend the rest of his life in federal prison. He will never again have an opportunity to victimize another child.”


             On May 28, 2008, Brewer pleaded guilty to engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a minor at various times between Jan. 26, 1999, and Nov. 24, 2001. Brewer, who sometimes 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.


            This case was 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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