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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


MARCH 5, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD


BELTON MAN SENTENCED TO 36 YEARS

FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Belton, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today on charges related to child pornography over the Internet.


            Kamron E. Dehghani, 22, of Belton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 36 years in federal prison without parole. The sentence is an upward departure from the federal sentencing guidelines as a result of the court’s ruling that Dehghani had threatened judges, attorneys and others and that he had made plans to escape from custody. The court also ruled that Dehghani had obstructed justice by testifying falsely under oath, that he had exposed his 4-year-old daughter to online child pornography, had an inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old girl to whom he was sexually attracted, and that he had an extensive obsession with child pornography.


            “A tough sentence is warranted by the facts of this case,” said Wood. “Every image of child pornography is evidence of a horrific crime against a child, and every time someone downloads child pornography over the Internet a child is victimized. A long prison term will protect society’s most vulnerable citizens from being further victimized by this sexual predator.”


            On Sept. 18, 2007, Dehghani was convicted at trial of publishing a notice online seeking to exchange or distribute child pornography over the Internet, attempting to receive and attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet, and possessing child pornography.


            Dehghani used Limewire, a file-sharing program, on his home computer to receive and distribute child pornography over the Internet between Sept. 1, 2005, and March 9, 2006. Dehghani published a notice in an online chat room between Jan. 2 and Feb. 8, 2006, seeking to exchange or distribute child pornography over the Internet.


            Dehghani confirmed that he had posted the advertisement for child pornography in an e-mail to an undercover Kansas City police officer, and agreed to trade child pornography with the undercover officer.


            At the time police officers seized Dehghani’s computer, it contained approximately 100 images of child pornography as well as evidence of attempts to download videos of child pornography. Some of the images Dehghani received and distributed portrayed children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images portrayed children subjected to sadistic or other violent sexual conduct.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Belton, Mo., Police Department.


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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